Philippines to swear in new leader as Duterte leaves

Ferdinand Marcos Junior, the new Philippines president

© APA | Ferdinand Marcos Junior, the new Philippines president

# 30 June 2022 08:15 (UTC +04:00)

Ferdinand Marcos Jr will be sworn in as the Philippines' next president on Thursday, succeeding the outgoing leader Rodrigo Duterte, APA reports citing BBC.

Mr Marcos Jr - nicknamed Bong Bong - won 60% of the vote over rival Leni Robredo in a highly-watched election.

His win marks a stunning comeback for the Marcos political dynasty, which was ousted after a popular revolt in 1986.

The daughter of the incumbent president, Sara Duterte, will be sworn in as vice-president.

Mr Marcos Jr will take his oath of office at midday local time (0400GMT) at the National Museum in Manila.

Hundreds of local and foreign dignitaries will attend and some 15,000 security personnel will be deployed across the Philippines capital for the event.

It comes just a few days after the Supreme Court in Manila ruled that convictions for tax evasion did not disqualify the new president from taking office.