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Ferdinand Marcos Jr., son of former dictator of the Philippines, on the way to a big victory in the presidential election

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Ferdinand Marcos Jr.., son and namesake of the deceased dictator of the Philippines, was on the way to victory in the country’s presidential election, paving the way for a stunning the return of a powerful political dynasty more than three and a half decades after his father’s kleptocratic regime was overthrown by a popular uprising.

The results of the Philippine Electoral Commission, aggregated by local TV company GMA News, showed that Mr Marcos, 64, had garnered 27.3 million of about 67 million potential votes by early local time on Tuesday, more than twice his the next contender, the outgoing vice president Maria Leonora Rabreda, which garnered 13 million votes. With 84.39% of the vote, Mr Marcos achieved one of the biggest electoral victories in the country’s history. The results of the election commission are considered preliminary until they are approved by deputies in late May.

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