Another Ferdinand Marcos is set to become president of the
Thursday, May 5, 2022
Another Ferdinand Marcos is Set to Become President of the Philippines
You've probably heard of him. Former guerrilla leader Ferdinand Marcos led the Filipino guerilla resistance movement during World War II. You may know him as a mayor‚ senator‚ or lawyer. But do you know his real credentials? Read on to find out. Here's a quick primer on Ferdinand Marcos' background. But you should also know that Marcos' real degree was not an Oxford one.
Ferdinand Marcos served as leader of the Filipino guerrilla resistance movement during World War II
The Philippines was a major battleground during World War II‚ and in 1944‚ a young man named Ferdinand Marcos became the leader of the Philippine guerilla resistance movement. Born in Sarrat‚ Ilocos North‚ he was the son of Mariano Marcos‚ a two-term congressman and collaborator with the Japanese during the war. After the war‚ a guerrilla group captured him and tied him to four water buffaloes. In 1943‚ a wealthy Chinese judge named Ferdinand Chua helped fund the young Marcos' education‚ and Marcos' father‚ who was a two-term congressman‚ influenced the Philippine Supreme Court to throw his testimony out. As a leader of the guerrilla movement‚ Marcos sought to gain recognition for his army-backed group‚ dubbed Ang Mga Maharlika. Ultimately‚ US Army investigations showed that the unit was a fraud‚ and Marcos was forced to step down. His health declined and political opposition began to take root in the middle class. In 1980‚ Marcos' health began to fail‚ and he died in a hospital in Manila. Ferdinand Marcos' political career began with the murder of Julio Nalundasan in 1935. He served in the Senate from 1962 to 1965 and then became president. His erratic rule was characterized by growing authoritarianism and corruption. While studying law at the University of the Philippines‚ he was convicted of the murder of a political rival of his politician father. Despite his conviction‚ he personally appealed his conviction and was acquitted. While his political career ended in failure‚ many Filipinos believe he was the leader of the Philippine guerrilla resistance movement during World War II.
He was a lawyer
One of the most powerful families in the Philippines is in line for a repeat. The late dictator Ferdinand Marcos‚ Sr.‚ is now the eldest son of the former president. He is also running for a congressional seat in Ilocos Norte‚ a province that was ruled by Duterte for eight years. In December‚ Marcos Jr. was served with a tax notice related to his father's estate. Meanwhile‚ Marcos Jr.'s political career is shaky. Many observers are worried that another Marcos may rise to the top. Bongbong‚ the son of the late dictator‚ has long had ties with China‚ where his family maintains a consulate. He has studied in the UK and is fond of American culture. But his lack of strong convictions and inclinations make him a prime candidate for external influence. He is a candidate that may have a shady past‚ and may not be as honest as Duterte. After decades of exile‚ Ferdinand Marcos‚ Jr.‚ has worked hard to redeem the family name and his father's legacy‚ claiming to be a 'uniter'. He is campaigning as the candidate who can unite the country and make it a better place for all. His polished videos and statements about his parents' legacy make him look like a visionary‚ a man of vision and a leader‚ despite having a past that is largely unsavory.
He was a senator
After nearly four decades as the head of the BIR‚ Another Ferdinand Marcos is
a top contender to be the next president of the Philippines. His background is a bit more conventional‚ but he is likely to appoint respected economists and public health experts to lead his administration. Marcos' focus will likely be on improving infrastructure and channeling money to small businesses. He will also need to work with a coalition to contain the COVID-19 drug cartel‚ and boost consumer spending. The president of the Philippines holds broad powers‚ including the power to appoint the anti-graft commission and the central bank governor. But even in his new role‚ Marcos has been critical of the government's recovery efforts. He questioned widespread human rights violations that occurred during his father's rule‚ and he would appoint a chairman of the human rights commission. Those are questions that must be answered. A recent poll suggests that Marcos Jr. is likely to win the presidency with a clear lead over his rival. With more than 50% of the vote‚ he is expected to become the majority president. The Marcos family has a long history of human rights violations and massive accumulation of ill-gotten wealth. In 1986‚ the country revolted against the dictatorship of Marcos Sr. and his family fled Manila.
He was a mayor
In the recent Philippine elections‚ Another Ferdinand Marcos is
set to become president. At 64‚ the heir apparent to his father is running for president as a dynastic candidate with ties to the Marcos family that date back generations. His campaign has embraced dynastic politics‚ which are built on a foundation of loyalties‚ and has exploited discontent with his father's predecessors and subsequent governments. Marcos' campaign website is littered with inflated claims and fabricated details. While he reportedly has an Oxford Bachelor of Arts degree‚ the University later stated that he never completed it and obtained a special diploma in social studies. As the election draws nearer‚ the opposition has been attempting to counter the false narratives that have emerged online regarding the Marcoses. Sergio Osmena III‚ a former political prisoner and grandson of the fourth president of the Philippines‚ has hired 10‚000 volunteers and released videos to counter the Marcos campaign. He has also released a series of videos detailing the economic devastation and human rights violations committed during the Marcos years.
He is a congressman
If he wins the election‚ another Ferdinand Marcos could soon become president of the Philippines. The president serves a single six-year term and appoints the heads of the government's bodies. He would appoint the anti-corruption commission and the central bank governor‚ and he would appoint the head of the human rights commission. He would also choose the chairman of the anti-money laundering council. This is a worrying development because Marcos has not spoken about economic issues in his campaign‚ and the promise to cap rice prices at half their current rates has alarmed many economists. But some analysts say this is all campaign bluster‚ and the former dictator will soon forget his obscene campaign promises. Hopefully‚ Marcos will take after his predecessor‚ Duterte‚ and appoint technocrats to manage the country's economy. There are two major reasons why Another Ferdinand Marcos is
being considered for the presidency. One is that the country needs a strong leader to address the global crisis. There is no better way to do this than to elect someone with the experience of a former dictator‚ or a former leader of a communist country. The Philippines has a history of dictatorship. In the past‚ this has resulted in the death of hundreds of thousands of people‚ and it has been suspected that the same thing may be happening in the country today.
His son is running for a congressional seat
The eldest son of former dictator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. is seeking a seat in Congress to consolidate the family's stranglehold over the Ilocos Norte province. The eldest son is running for the first time and his cousin is defending the other congressional seat. Whether the eldest son will succeed his father is a matter of debate. In the past‚ the younger Marcos has largely avoided political debate and appeared awkward in most interviews. The late president's family has been a political force in the Philippines for years‚ but despite accusations of plundering state wealth and human rights abuses‚ the family continues to deny the allegations. The Marcos family is currently trying to re-establish its dynasty in the province and return to Malacanang. Their son Sandro Marcos is running for the first congressional district of Ilocos Norte in the 2022 elections. The family is expected to continue a political career with another presidential bid in the next two years. While his father was a president‚ he was not elected to a second term. He served as chairman of the BIR from 2010 to 2016‚ but he declined to pursue criminal charges against his family. Marcos' son has largely distanced himself from accusations of economic mismanagement. He also says his father's death in Hawaii in 1989 is a factor in his campaign‚ as his family reunited after his father's death. The Marcos family used local loyalty to get elected in higher office.
He has a bachelor's degree from Oxford
After the collapse of the People Power Revolution‚ the era of Ferdinand Marcos was largely forgotten‚ but the Marcos regime did produce some impressive achievements. After his flight from the country in 1986‚ he left important documents in the palace and appointed his wife to succeed him as president. This period was characterized by an unwavering anti-communism and a good president gone bad‚ with a flair for leadership and a knack for legal analysis. In the 1970s‚ Ferdinand Marcos studied at Oxford University‚ but did not earn a degree. The same year‚ he enrolled in a business course at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania‚ but didn't finish. He returned to the Philippines in 1991‚ two years after his father died. His wife has faced multiple criminal charges‚ and the Marcos family is involved in numerous civil suits to recover their massive wealth. While the Marcos family has been a target of criminal charges‚ the former BIR chairman Kim Henares‚ who served as its chair from 2010 to 2016‚ chose not to press charges against the Marcos family. A request for comment from NPR's Philippine bureau correspondent reveals that the Marcos campaign has played to a broad discontent with previous governments. Marcos‚ a former presidential candidate‚ has effectively tapped into discontent with previous governments and successor governments.