Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., namesake and son of the late Philippine dictator, announced his presidential bid on Tuesday.

The former senator made his announcement just hours after he took oath as a member of Partido Federal ng Pilipinas, a pro-Duterte party.

“I am announcing my intention to run for the presidency of the Philippines in the upcoming 2022 elections,” he said in a Facebook live.

“I will bring back a unifying form of leadership in the country,” he added.

The younger Marcos had served as governor and representative of Ilocos Norte.

He was senator from 2010 to 2016.

Bongbong sought the vice presidency in the 2016 elections but lost to then-Camarines Sur Rep. Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo by 263,473 votes.

The country recently marked the 49th year since the late dictator Marcos announced Martial Law, which was marked by abuses, corruption and human rights violations. John Ezekiel J. Hirro