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Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. Photo: Noel Celis/AFP via Getty Images

The son of the late Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos announced his presidential bid Tuesday after weeks of speculation about his political future, Reuters reports.

Why it matters: The announcement by Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. follows that of another high profile candidate, Philippine Senator and boxer Manny Pacquiao, upping the stakes for next year's election.

Details: Marcos Jr., 64, an ally of current President Rodrigo Duterte, said he aims to bring a "unifying" brand of leadership to the Philippines.

  • Though Duterte's presidency has reached its term limits, he was nominated to run for vice president — an invitation he turned down.
  • The senior Marcos ruled the country for 20 years until his 1986 overthrow, per Reuters. He died in 1989 while in exile in Hawaii.
  • Despite the ousting, the Marcos family has maintained political clout.
  • Marcos Jr. has served as provincial governor, congressman and senator since the 1986 "people power" uprising that ended the Marcos dictatorship.

What they're saying: "Join me in this noblest of causes and we will succeed," said Marcos, per Reuters.

  • "If we have learned anything in this time of COVID pandemic, it is that each of us, no matter our station, is in need of the help of our fellow Filipinos," he added.
  • "[Marcos Jr.] is spitting on the graves of the dead and on the faces of the victims of the Marcos dictatorship," Judy Taguiwalo, a representative for victims of abuses under martial law, told Reuters.

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School enrollment fell by almost 3 million from 2019 to 2020

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The number of individuals enrolled in the U.S. education system dropped by 2.9 million from 2019 to 2020, according to new data released Tuesday by the Census Bureau.

Why it matters: This marks the lowest level of school enrollment for those under 35 years-old in over 20 years, per the Census Bureau.

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Facebook has agreed to pay up to $14.25 million to settle allegations that it discriminated against U.S. workers by reserving positions for temporary visa holders, the Justice Department announced on Tuesday.

Why it matters: The settlement represents the largest civil penalty and monetary award that the Civil Rights Division has recovered in the 35-year history of the Immigration and Nationality Act's anti-discrimination provision.

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Google's Pixel 6 bets on better cameras, homegrown chip

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Google's latest Pixel phones, announced Tuesday, pack a lot more than just a new processor, although the Tensor chip is a key to many of the new features.

Between the lines: Google has been in the smartphone business for years, but with the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, it is finally striking out in a unique direction.

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