Ferdinand Romualdez Marcos Jr. (born on September 13, 1957 in Manila, Philippines), popularly known as Bongbong, is a politician. He served as senator of the Philippines, governor of Ilocos Norte, and 2nd District representative of Ilocos Norte. Marcos Jr. ran and lost in the vice presidential race in the 2016 elections.
Marcos Jr. is the son of former president and the dictator Ferdinand Marcos, who placed the Philippines under Martial Law, and former Leyte 2nd District representative Imelda Romualdez Marcos. His older sister, Imee Marcos, is a senator, serving since 2019. Imee’s son, Matthew Manotoc, is the Ilocos Norte governor, serving since 2019.
Marcos Jr. was first elected as vice governor of Ilocos Norte in 1980, then governor in 1983, when his father was president. After the exiled Marcoses were allowed to return to the country in 1991, he was elected congressman of the province's second district for two terms and Ilocos Norte governor for three terms. He lost in his first Senate bid in 1995; he later won in 2010, serving one term.
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