By ROGER M. BALANZA
Shouts of “Never Again!” reverbearted throughout the Phlippines as the son of a late dictator that ruled the country with an iron hand for more than two decades announced he was running for president in the 2022 elections.
Former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. on Tuesday, October 5, said he was taking a crack at the presidency that President Rodrigo Duterte will vacate when his term ends next year.
Bongbong is the son of the late President Ferdinand Marcos, Sr. whose decades of martial rule was ended 35 years ago by the People Power Revoluton of 1986.
Bongbong, who lost in the 2016 vice presidential race against Vice President Leni Robredo , declared his bid in a recorded video published on Facebook.
The son of the late dictator, whose rule until today is being hounded for rampant human rights violations and grand thievery by Filipinos especially victims of martial law, says he will “bring that form of unifying leadership back to our country.”
Bongbong was expected to file his Certificate of Candidacy (COC) before the Commission on Elections (Comelec) any day on or efore the October 8 deadlune for filing. Three presidential hopefuls have already filed their COC: Senator Panfilo Lacson, Senator Manny Pacquiao and Manila Mayor Isko Moreno.
A leading contender, presidentail daughter Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte is not seeking the presidency and has filed for her reelection. But speculations are rife she may drop her mayoral bid and file a new COC for president.