By John Efosa
Philippine Congress has, on Wednesday, proclaimed the son of the late President of the country, Senator Ferdinand Bongbong Marcos Jr. as the next President of the country.
His late father, Marcos Sr, was ousted 36 years ago by a popular uprising against endemic corruption and massive human rights abuses during his reign.
In the votes casts on May 9, elections, former senator Ferdinand Bongbong Marcos Jr. received 58.77 per cent to become the Philippine’s 17th President.
He had a winning margin of more than 16.5 million votes over his closest rival, the outgoing Vice President Leni Robredo.
Vice President Leni Robredo had narrowly beat Ferdinand in the race to become the country’s Vice President in 2016.
Ferdinand Bongbong Marcos Jr.’s mother, former First Lady, Imelda Marcos, was notorious for her lavish lifestyle and for amassing 3,000 pairs of shoes while millions of Filipinos languished in poverty.