Fall and rise – Marcos family back in power

Father and son: Former president Marcos with ‘Bongbong’ in Manila in 1972. — AP

FERDINAND “Bongbong” Marcos Jr was 28 years old when a helicopter whisked his family from the Philippines’ presidential palace as millions of protesters demanded the ouster of his dictator father in a historic “people power” revolution.

Just over 36 years later, the son is celebrating a landslide victory in a presidential election, an extraordinary comeback for a family once best known for widespread human rights abuses and the plunder of an estimated US$10bil.

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