Incumbent president’s son is pictured in bizarre photo shoot next to cocaine-shaped banana

Photos released Friday from the official website of the Philippines’ election commission show three candidates for president posted on the website posing with a banana shaped like a cocaine rock. One of the candidates, Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., is the son of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos.

Republican Ferdinand Marcos Jr. for vice president (which he will be) is being promoted. The advertisement comes with pictures of himself, his wife, and party leader, Senator Jinggoy Estrada.

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At the time of the photo’s publication, Marcos Jr.’s political party, the Liberal Party, which organized the event, said it did not condone the drug use depicted in the photos. “Any depiction of drug use or production is a mistake in good taste and an attempt at promoting a party for a positive purpose,” the party said in a statement released after the photo came to light. “The local provincial delegation of the Liberal Party takes issue with these [candidates] and reiterate that they continue to uphold the laws of the country.”

Marcos Jr. also claimed he was a staunch opponent of drugs and said that he had no knowledge of the photo shoot.

Read the full story at The Washington Post.

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