Ferdinand "Bongbong" Romualdez Marcos Jr. (born September 13, 1957), also known as Marcos Jr. or by his initials BBM, is a Filipino politician who most recently served as a senator from 2010 to 2016. He is the second child and only son of former president Ferdinand Marcos and former First Lady Imelda Romualdez Marcos.In 1980, the 23-year-old Bongbong Marcos became Vice Governor of Ilocos Norte, running unopposed under the Kilusang Bagong Lipunan party of his father, who was ruling the Philippines under martial law at the time. He then became Governor of Ilocos Norte in 1983, holding that office until his family was ousted from power by the People Power Revolution and fled into exile in Hawaii in February 1986.After the death of his father Ferdinand Marcos in 1989, President Corazon Aquino eventually allowed the remaining members of the Marcos family, including Bongbong, to return to the Philippines to face various charges.In 1992, he was elected as Representative of the Second District of Ilocos Norte from 1992 to 1995. Marcos ran for and was elected Governor of Ilocos Norte again in 1998. After nine years, he returned to his previous position as Representative from 2007 to 2010, then became Senator of the Philippines under the Nacionalista Party from 2010 to 2016.In 2015, Marcos ran for Vice President of the Philippines in the 2016 election. With a difference of 263,473 votes, 0.64 percent difference, Marcos lost to Leni Robredo. In response, Marcos filed an electoral protest at the Presidential Electoral Tribunal, with claims and accusations of cheating. In 2021, Marcos' petition was unanimously dismissed after the pilot recount of the chosen provinces of Negros Oriental, Iloilo, and Camarines Sur which resulted in Robredo widening her lead even more by 15,093 additional votes.