The son of late Philippines strongman Ferdinand Marcos has emerged as the candidate for the 2020 presidential election, after the controversial President Rodrigo Duterte's popular daughter quit bringing the top job.
Despite rising interest in the popular mayors during the year, in favor of the support from the city mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, the success of Ferdinand Marcos Jr. won in spite of the decision of her supporters to run for vice president.
After a post-serious election yesterday, the Eurasia Group consultancy said that without the fact that he was very popular in the presidential race, Marcos is frontrunner, with 60% odds of victory, though there's still a long road ahead.
Despite Marcos's candidacy sparks the most outrage after his father's brutal era of martial law, a survey from the Social Weather Station (SWS) showed he could easily beat his rivals, including boxing hero Manny Pacquiao.
47% of the 201 surveyed by SWS said they would vote for the 64-year-old Marco, known as "Bongong" or "BBM".
"Our only explanation is that we have pro-Sara voters. There is very much hatred between BBM and Sara's voters," said the political analyst Temario Rivera.
The election for a successor to Duterte will take place in May next year. He is not likely to contest again for the presidency after his six-year term, but will be standing in the election for a seat of a senator.
Marcos is the only son of the late dictator who ruled the Philippines for two decades until he overthrow in 1986. He wants Duterte-Carpio to be his running mate, but she hasn't yet accepted him.
Marcos's family is among the country's most famous dynasties. Despite his fall of grace, Marcos has retained long-reaching and powerful connections.
A.., "Stop-Marcos-CANDIDATE" ("Stop-Marcos CANDIDATE").
Marcos junior is elected governor, a congressman, and a senator since his retirement. His mother is now a senator and a former governor. His mother is a senator and a former governor, and he was elected to congress for four terms.
In a country where political memories are relatively short and forgiveness is not in short supply, this is surely working in favour of the Marcoses", said Richard Heydarian, an author, columnist and academic. He specialises in politics.
Despite the many youth who were no longer born when Marcos senior was in power, the social media presence of Marcos has benefited his advantage as well. Politics analysts say that Marcos has strong Social Media presence, which are targeted at young people, who compose three percent of eligible voters. Often, many of them were not born when Marcos senior was in power.
The other presidential candidates are far adrift in poll results, with led by incumbent Vice President Leni Robredo with 18% and Manila mayor Francisco Domagoso on 13%, and Pacquiao with 9 percent.
He claimed he'd just joined the presidential race on Saturday, and analysts say he'd put some support on Marcos, given the polls not include Christopher "Bong" Go, his closest aide. There was only a single-thirty vote, but this would likely dilute some of his support.
Marcos is facing a disqualification case based on a two-decade old tax evasion conviction. Eurasia said Duterte could "weaponise if he turns against his ally."
Perhaps the race could narrow too, if Marcos's rivals unite behind a single "stop-Marcos" candidate, Eurasia said.