Philippines Election Ferdinand Marcos Jr. Is Bound for Presidency

Monday, May 9, 2022
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Is Ferdinand Marcos Jr Bound for Presidency After the Philippines Election?

In the aftermath of the Philippines Election‚ many people are wondering whether Marcos's son is destined to become the next president. There are several reasons to wonder whether Ferdinand Marcos Jr is indeed the next president. His family's political connections‚ His message of unity‚ and His running mate's political experience are just a few of the reasons. But as the official vote counting begins Tuesday‚ there are still a lot of unanswered questions.

Marcos's son has amnesia

Known by his affectionate nickname‚ Bongbong‚ Ferdinand Marcos Jr. has been in the political scene since the 1985 popular revolution that overthrew his father's dictatorship. His election was won with 21.7 million votes‚ far exceeding the ten million vote total for his closest rival Leni Robredo. Despite his illustrious political career‚ his son has faced some serious criticism from his father‚ who referred to him as lazy and carefree. But he has been the subject of much public criticism‚ and his victory has not been without its fair share of controversy. The Marcos revival was a long-term effort‚ capitalizing on a growing public dissatisfaction with successive governments. Moreover‚ Marcos has long been an effective disinformation practitioner‚ utilizing the template of disinformation and public relations to gain support for his candidacy. And it was closely watched outside of the Philippines. The Marcoses are arguably better practitioners of both. The campaign theme of Marcos Jr. was centered on his father's legacy. He used the golden era of his father as his campaign slogan. But his opponents didn't have any real policy platform. Instead‚ they used their own image and the name of their former leader to win. The Marcoses' disinformation campaign was not limited to Marcos‚ but it was aimed at other political figures. The campaign of Marcos has also benefited from his mother‚ Imelda Marcos‚ who is 92 years old. She dreamt of her son being president‚ and she advised him in this regard. However‚ his links to martial law have cast him as a polarizing politician. But Marcos Jr has denied using trolls and fake social media posts to boost his campaign.

His father's political connections

While Ferdinand Snr's son is a slick and well-known politician‚ the long shadow of his father's political connections will always be a concern. Still‚ the heir apparent to the dictator is unlikely to escape his father's shadow. While some observers have questioned whether Marcos Jr can avoid the taint of his father's political connections‚ it is more likely that he will adopt his father's image and continue to stoke the flames of protest during electioneering. The tainted legacy of Ferdinand Marcos has left an unsavory legacy‚ but his son has continued his father's legacy by remaining active in politics since his return to the Philippines in 2010. He served as governor of Ilocos Norte during his father's rule and unsuccessfully ran for vice president in 2016. Known as Bongbong‚ the son of the famous Philippine dictator‚ Ferdinand Marcos Sr.‚ was ousted from office in a popular uprising in 1986. He fled to exile in the US and has since staged a political comeback. A popular favorite in the Philippines‚ he has long been nicknamed Bongbong. In the 2016 presidential election‚ he narrowly lost to Rodrigo Duterte‚ a political novice. Despite the tainted legacy of his father‚ Ferdinand Marcos has vowed not to apologize for his father's actions. He has pushed a campaign to re-cast the dictatorship as an era of development. In the process‚ he has drawn the line between being a symbol of development and a symbol of greed. There is still a strong desire to avoid such a tainted legacy.

His platform of unity

In the Philippines‚ the only person who can save the country from the repercussions of martial law is Ferdinand Marcos Jr.‚ a former senator‚ regional governor‚ and member of the House of Representatives. His platform emphasized unity and a desire to help Filipinos rise. But the Marcos family has been quick to whitewash the crimes of his father and to highlight the stability and prosperity of the country during that time. Many voters‚ especially the young‚ do not remember the Marcos era. Nonetheless‚ the Marcoses' era was characterized by corruption and a deterioration of the country's economy. While the Marcoses' regime came to an end in the 1980s‚ many Filipinos believe that the family did not fully make restitution for the misdeeds committed by the late dictator. If Marcos returns to power‚ he is expected to shield Duterte from prosecution in the International Criminal Court. The former president is suspected of extrajudicial killings of thousands of people. Election-related violence has affected Mindanao island‚ with four people killed and eleven others injured in the election-related violence. Foreign policy issues were barely featured on the campaign trail‚ but it did make a big impact in the Philippines election. Marcos has long enjoyed warm relations with Beijing. As president‚ he may try to launch infrastructure projects that Beijing is financing‚ but this relationship is unpopular in the country. Unlike his opponent Leni Robredo‚ who promised to take a tough line with China‚ Marcos Jr. will be a tougher opponent for Beijing. However‚ he has refused to engage with Beijing until a tribunal rules in Manila's favor. Beijing has not bowed to a Hague ruling that was made in 2016‚ but will surely not do so. The campaign's slogan unite‚ rise again has been one of the most popular in Philippine politics. Marcos' victory in the Philippines Election is likely to reset the country's relations with major powers and change the balance of power in Asia. With more than 93 percent of the votes counted‚ Marcos Jr's platform has a strong chance of influencing the outcome of the country's elections.

His running mate's political experience

As a son of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos‚ his political experience and track record are in question. The son of the dictator won unopposed as vice governor in 1980‚ then was elected a congressman in Ilocos Norte in 1991. In his campaign posters‚ Marcos Jr. highlights his father's decades in office as a time of prosperity‚ glossing over the corruption and years of martial law that repressed dissent. In the past‚ the country's president has backed a VP who had a history of fighting corruption. Marcos' VP running mate is also the daughter of a former president. But this doesn't mean that the VP candidate is inexperienced‚ as his political career has been limited to local government. Sara Duterte‚ the daughter of the outgoing president‚ is leading the vice presidential race. Although Ms. Robredo's political experience is minimal‚ her father's political career has been rich. Despite this‚ she is running against Ferdinand Marcos Jr. in the presidential race. The campaign has been tightly controlled by both sides‚ with Marcos Jr. skipping televised debates and largely avoiding the media. However‚ there are concerns about the campaign's handling of the election‚ as social media has become a breeding ground for videos that try to debunk Marcos Sr. While Duterte has not endorsed Marcos‚ he has played an important role in restoring the family's image. He allowed the burial of Ferdinand Marcos Snr in 1989. Marcos' candidacy has brought back memories of martial law‚ which he led as president. While the dictator was a ruthless dictator‚ some groups say that more than three thousand people were tortured‚ killed‚ or disappeared under his rule. After his father's death in 1989‚ Marcos' family moved back to the country.

His opposition to Duterte

While the Philippines has long suffered from the effects of graft and growing poverty‚ this presidential race has been focused primarily on personalities rather than issues. This election could have important consequences for the future of Philippine democracy. Outgoing President Rodrigo Duterte has shown signs of autocracy‚ and an election of Ferdinand Marcos Jr. could bring the country closer to a totalitarian regime. The United States‚ the country's oldest ally‚ would prefer to work with Leni Robredo. It would have preferred a candidate with more experience and foreign policy interests. Besides‚ Marcos is a policy cipher. He shuns interviews and presidential debates. Unlike Duterte‚ Marcos has been silent on most issues‚ aside from his claims to have attended Oxford University. Marcos‚ meanwhile‚ has said that he wants to improve relations with Beijing‚ a move that will hamper Duterte's efforts to recover ill-gotten wealth. The Philippines Election results have shown that there is no clear leader who is likely to win the election. But the two main contenders are largely at odds with each other. Marcos leads the polls by a large margin‚ with Leni Robredo garnering just 4% of the vote. Both men are likely to win‚ but they are not likely to face off head to head. Some observers believe that Marcos Jr.'s father‚ Ferdinand Marcos‚ placed the country under martial law. The Marcos family used sophisticated disinformation techniques to whitewash his father's crimes by emphasizing the era's supposedly stable environment. But many voters‚ including those who are too young to remember the repression of the Marcos family‚ do not know the history of the dictatorship. The Marcos family was said to have squandered $10 billion of the country. A major economic downturn followed under Marcos' rule.