Ferdinand ‘Bambang’ Marcos Jr., son of a former Philippine dictator, has been killed in a landslide.
Ferdinand ‘Bambang’ Marcos Jr. will be the new president of the Philippines after a landslide victory over former vice president Leni Robredo. Marcos was hailed by both the United States and China, and his father’s critics – a former dictator – told him not to judge by his name.
Although official results have not yet been announced, Marcos appears to have won the weekend by a landslide, garnering more than 30 million votes – more than double that of his closest rival, outgoing Vice President Leni Robredo. Sara Duterte-Carpio, daughter of outgoing President Rodrigo Duterte, will serve as vice-president, easily beating her nearest rival Francis ‘Kiko’ Pangilinan by more than 30 million votes to 8.9 million.
US President Joe Biden called Marcos on Thursday to congratulate him on his victory. According to a White House statement, Biden pledged to expand bilateral cooperation with the Philippines. “The fight against COVID-19, tackling the climate crisis, broad-based economic growth and respect for human rights.”
Marcos also received congratulatory messages from Chinese President Xi Jinping, who promised “Establish a good working relationship with President-elect Marcos [and] Good neighborliness and friendship. “
Managing the Philippine relations with Washington and Beijing will probably prove to be a fine balance for the incoming president. Located on the shores of the disputed South China Sea, the Philippines sits on a major geopolitical fault line and is embroiled in an ongoing regional dispute with China over numerous islands in the sea. When an international tribunal ruled in favor of the Philippines in 2016, Marcos said during his campaign that he was a newcomer. “Agreement” With him “Friends” Within the Chinese government.
Back home, some feared Marcos’s victory. Although his campaign was popular, Amnesty International’s regional division described his victory. “Evil Moments for Human Rights” Filipino activists have condemned him for denying it “Address the fundamental questions about his father’s dictatorship, of which he was very much a part.”
Marcos’ father, Ferdinand Marcos Sr., ruled the Philippines from 1965 to 1986, when the family was driven out of the country in a revolt. Marcos Sr. applied martial law to suppress Islamic extremism, and human rights groups say he tortured and extrajudicially killed his political opponents.
There are also widespread allegations of corruption against Marcos Sr., and to date a commission set up to investigate assets stolen by the Marcos family is believed to have recovered less than half of the family’s $ 10 billion hidden.
Bambang, who was a governor in the last years of his father’s rule, has been accused of conducting public relations campaigns. “Whitewash” His father’s reign and Marcos represent the years as two decades of prosperity and a better life for Filipinos. Critics have also condemned him for not condemning his father’s alleged crime.
But on Wednesday, he wanted to know the world “Judge me not by my fathers, but by my deeds.” Promises of more jobs, higher wages and investment in infrastructure and agriculture.
It is widely believed that Macro will continue Duterte’s many policies on the outgoing leader’s ‘war on drugs’. Duterte, known for his dirty-mouthed reprimands against his opponents, is currently facing an International Criminal Court investigation into the deaths of thousands of people during the crackdown, and Marcos has said he will allow investigators to enter the country. “But only as a tourist.”