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Dictator’s Son Becomes Philippine Presidential Pick in Survey

  • Marcos Jr. is facing disqualification petitions ahead of polls
  • Duterte’s daughter top choice for voters as vice president
Ferdinand Marcos Jr. 

Ferdinand Marcos Jr. 

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Former Philippine Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr., son of the late dictator, led by a wide margin in a presidential preference survey conducted this month by pollster Pulse Asia Research Inc.

Marcos was chosen by 53% of the 2,400 respondents as their preferred successor to President Rodrigo Duterte, Pulse Asia said on Wednesday. Vice President Leni Robredo, the opposition leader, came a distant second with 20%. The survey was conducted Dec. 1-6, with a margin of error of plus-or-minus 2%.