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Ferdinand Marcos Jr., the son of the late dictator, gestures as he greets the crowd during a campaign rally in Quezon City, Philippines, in April 2022. He won the May election. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

With Marcos Jr.’s election, Filipinos need to brace for a bleak future

Ferdinand Marcos Jr.‘s references to a Golden Age in the Philippines invites a nostalgic look at the past. But it also warns of a darker future in keeping with how his father ran the country.
Philippine presidential candidate Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., son of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, delivers a speech during a campaign rally in Lipa, Batangas province, Philippines, April 20, 2022. Reuters/Alamy

Philippines election: how the Marcos clan might be heading back to power

The son of former Filipino dictator is leading the polls as the country approaches a national election.
Duterte has, among other things, mobilised nationalist antipathy against foreign interference to deflect criticism of his violent drug crackdown. KING RODRIGUEZ / PPD / HANDOUT

How Duterte’s drug war taps into the Philippines’ zeitgeist

Duterte used his “tough on crime” approach to win the election as a political outsider, promising to restore law and order with strongman rule. His approval rating has since soared to over 90%.

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