Filipino president faces uphill struggle after aides appointed

Image copyright AFP Image caption Kalayaan is the main title for Ferdinand Marcos Jr’s political machine Faced with an uphill battle to become president, Ferdinand Marcos Jr has picked a powerful ally in his…

Filipino president faces uphill struggle after aides appointed

Image copyright AFP Image caption Kalayaan is the main title for Ferdinand Marcos Jr’s political machine

Faced with an uphill battle to become president, Ferdinand Marcos Jr has picked a powerful ally in his bid to become the next Philippine leader.

Brigadier-General Lilibeth Napoles Kibuiman was appointed as an economic adviser and team leader for Mrs Napoles’ ambitious Kalayaan party.

It is part of the ruling party of President Rodrigo Duterte.

Mr Marcos Jr, better known as “Bongbong”, is seeking to make up for years of having his father jailed by reversing his position.

He spent much of his youth in the US where he was educated at the University of Southern California.

In recent years, he has sought to carve out his own political career and has also been a vocal critic of the president.

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Barrancas Locos Norte is a southern Philippine province, said to be home to a higher percentage of Mr Marcos’s supporters

Meanwhile, Mr Duterte’s allies continue to come under public criticism for the way they have handled human rights issues during the recent visit of US President Donald Trump to the Philippines.

At the same time Mr Trump has been criticised for calling Mr Duterte a “madman” for a deadly war on drugs that has claimed thousands of lives.

Mr Trump gave approval for military exercises between the US and the Philippines but had said the country will not need US military assistance after he leaves office.

Mr Duterte also took a swipe at the US on Monday by suggesting that Mr Trump’s views had contributed to his leadership style and urged him to be nicer.

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