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Marcos Jr. Sworn In as President Decades After Father Fled

Ferdinand "BongBong" Marcos Jr., waves during a swearing-in ceremony at the Old Legislative Building in Manila, on June 30.

Ferdinand "BongBong" Marcos Jr., waves during a swearing-in ceremony at the Old Legislative Building in Manila, on June 30.

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Incoming Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr., son of the nation’s ousted dictator, said he will focus on food sufficiency and pandemic recovery in an inaugural speech that paid tribute to his late father.

“The role of agriculture cries for urgent attention,” Marcos said in Manila on Thursday after taking his oath of office. “An agriculture damaged and diminished by unfair competition will have a harder time, or will have no prospects at all of recovery.”