Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos wins the presidency of the Philippines

Posted on: May 10, 2022, 7:37 a.m.

Last update: May 10, 2022, 7:39 a.m.

Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., 64, more commonly referred to simply as Marcos Jr. due to his late father’s longtime rule over the Philippines, is set to become the South Asian nation’s next president. -East.

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Students and activists gather on May 10, 2022 outside the Election Commission of the Philippines to protest against its unofficial national election count. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. is set to become the next president of the Philippines. (Picture: Reuters)

Marcos Jr. is the son of Ferdinand Marcos. The elder Marcos was a dictator who controlled the Philippines for more than two decades from 1965 to early 1986. His highly controversial martial law regime, which was marked by great corruption and brutality against those who attempted to s opposing his ‘constitutional authoritarianism’, eventually led to a revolt among Filipinos. Marcos Sr. fled into exile in Hawaii after stealing an estimated $5-10 billion from the country.

But ever since the reign of Marcos Sr. muddied the family name, Marcos Jr. and his mother Imelda have worked tirelessly to restore their reputation. Some 36 years later, another Marcos is to reside at Malacañan Palace. Marcos Jr. easily won yesterday’s presidential election. With 98% of the votes, Marcos Jr. garnered more than double the votes of his closest rival.

Marcos Jr.’s ascension to the presidency has many around the world worried as the Philippines heads towards a new dictatorship.

Incumbent President Rodrigo Duterte was one of the country’s most controversial leaders in recent memory. Duterte’s presidency was marked by numerous allegations of human rights abuses, with his “war on drugs” reportedly involving thousands of murders without due process of law.

Immediate concern

Hours after being declared the winner, Marcos Jr. pleaded for people to judge him on his own actions, not those of his late father.

Don’t judge me on my ancestry, judge me on my actions,” Marcos said. Duterte’s daughter, Sara, 43, who is currently mayor of Davao City – the same position her father held when he ascended to the presidency – won the vice presidency in a separate election.

In addition to loud calls from human rights groups to restore order to the administration, Marcos Jr. and Sara Duterte will face an array of significant issues involving the gambling industry in the Philippines.

Marcos Sr. was responsible for establishing the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR), a gaming regulator and operator that today is responsible for a significant portion of the country’s annual tax revenue. Marcos Jr. and his right-hand man Duterte will have to decide whether temporary game extensions in the wake of COVID-19 will continue.

This includes legal iGaming operated by Manila’s integrated resorts for its known VIP players who have been unable to visit physical properties due to travel and business restrictions for much of the past two years. President Duterte’s seemingly ever-changing views on allowing a casino to be built on Boracay Island will also become a matter assigned to Marcos Jr.

Finally, the legality of cockfighting – which Duterte halted this month over allegations that the sport leads to addiction and financial worries, as well as the mysterious disappearances of many people connected to the industry – will have to be formally addressed. by the new administration.

Defeat of Pacquiao

Boxing legend Manny Pacquaio, who has served as a senator in the Philippines since 2016, had hoped to become president of his home country. But the global icon only got 4% of the vote yesterday. Of course, there are concerns about the integrity of elections in the Philippines.

Dozens of anti-Marcos groups, the Associated Press reported, chastised the Philippines Election Commission for not better protecting the election. Etta Rosales, who previously chaired the Philippine Commission on Human Rights, said she was tortured and raped during the reign of Marcos Sr.

“I am just one of many who have been tortured. Others were killed. I was raped. We suffered under the Marcos regime in the struggle for justice and freedom and this is happening? questioned Rosales.