Philippine VP, son of a dictator, will face the presidency

Vice President of the Philippines Lenny Robredo Thursday announced that he will run for next year’s presidential election in the face of the prospect of potentially harming liberal lawyers with the son of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos.

Opposition leader Robredo joined the growing list of aspirants for the May 9 election, where the president failed to negotiate to become one of the leading candidates behind a single candidate. Rodrigo Duterte And their ruling party supports the growing crowd.

Former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., who narrowly defeated him in the 2016 vice presidential race, said Robredo was the first to decide if he wanted to run for president. He registered it on Wednesday.

In the Philippines, the president and vice president are elected separately, and Robredo and Duterte have had a sour relationship for many years. She has branded his brutal crackdown on illegal drugs, which has left thousands of poor suspects dead and under investigation International Criminal Court

She has beaten Marcos Jr.’s refusal to apologize and repent of thousands of human rights victims under her father’s dictatorship from 1972 to 1981.

A former lawmaker and social activist who fought for human rights and good governance, Robredo supported the “Janashakthi” protests that culminated in Marcos’ ouster and the prelude to changes in authoritarian regimes around the world.

“We have to free ourselves from the current situation. I will fight, we will fight,” Robredo told a televised news conference where she announced her candidacy but admitted she was facing an uphill battle. “They have the money, the machinery, the entire structure to spread any story they want to plan.”

Her followers repeatedly chanted her name in her statement, “But no word can bury the truth.”

Robredo, 56, is the latest prominent politician to announce his intention to succeed Duterte, whose six-year term in the history of the Philippines ends in June next year. The sick leader, known for his scathing rhetoric and interpretive responsibility, initially planned to run for vice president under the PDP-Laban party he led but withdrew Saturday after his popularity rating plummeted and prompted him to retire from politics.

Marcos Jr.’s candidacy immediately sparked protests by activists who angrily recalled the widespread human rights atrocity that marked the martial law era under his father. While he was registering his candidacy, more than 100 left-wing activists vowed to campaign against Marcos Jr. and burned down replicas of his father, Duterte, an ally of Marcos

Marcos Jr. said Wednesday he was ready to face Robredo in the polls and other contenders.

The elder Marcos died in exile Hawaii Three years after he was ousted without admitting any wrongdoing, including allegations that he and his family raised an estimated $ 5 billion to $ 10 billion

The Hawaii court held Marcos liable for human rights violations in 1995 and awarded $ 9 billion to 9,000 Filipinos for torture, imprisonment, extrajudicial killings and disappearances.

Imelda Marcos and her children were allowed to return to the Philippines in 1991, and later returned to politics, winning seats Congress And he felt that the powerful provincial posts and the ground for stepping back to the presidential palace and the high post were stolen from him.

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