Former senator Ferdinand “BongBong” Marcos Jr. on Tuesday declared his presidential bid in the 2022 elections under the Partido Federal ng Pilipinas.
Hours before his announcement, Marcos formally joined the Partido Federal ng Pilipinas where he was appointed as chairman of the party.
The Kilusang Bagong Lipunan (KBL) also endorsed his candidacy.
“I will bring… unifying leadership back to our country,” the 64-year-old scion said, joining a growing field of contenders seeking to replace Duterte.
“Let us bring Filipinos back to one another in service of our country, facing the crisis and the challenges of the future together.”
Marcos was in second place behind Duterte’s daughter, Sara, in a recent PulseAsia Research survey of voter preference for president, though she has denied plans to run.
Boxing great Manny Pacquiao and celebrity mayor Francisco Domagoso have confirmed they will seek the top job.
Marcos served as a senator from 2010 to 2016, and his mother Imelda has said she dreams of him becoming the country’s leader.