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The campaign season in the Philippines leading up to the May presidential election kicked off this week. Channel News Asia says this season is candidates are running a “chaotic” and “colourful charm offensive” which is aimed at attracting the millions of voters who are “typically more interested in personality than policy.” Analysts have already foreseen the victory of Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., the son of the former dictator Ferdinand Marcos, in succeeding Rodrigo Duterte, which would be a major comeback for the family who was forced into exile in the US after the patriarch’s demise in 1986. More than 35 […]

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Marcos should not be allowed to run but he's bought off the board members of Comelec (the Filipino electoral commission) and with Duterte's daughter as a running mate he's probably a shoe-in. Personally I think Manny Pacquiao would be better for the country, good for attracting foreign investment and with policies to raise the standard of living for the poor. But with so many years in the ring maybe he's just not up to it. 

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