MANILA, Philippines ( Associated Press) – The son of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos and daughter of outgoing President Rodrigo Duterte is the new leader of the Philippines, a coalition that enters a six-year rule in which some human rights activists are concerned about the course of those in power. With the pair can take their country.
Here’s a look at the new President and Vice President of the Philippines, who are running different races for their positions.
Ferdinand Marcos Jr.
A former provincial governor, congressman, and senator, the 64-year-old son, who goes by his childhood nickname “Bongbong”, has managed to return his family to the presidency 36 years after the “People Power” uprising, to his father. Turned out and sent him into exile for filming Arabs and rampant human rights abuses.
His mother, Imelda Marcos, tried unsuccessfully to retake the seat of power twice after returning with her children from exile in the United States to the Philippines, where her husband died in 1989.
Marcos Jr. has defended his father’s legacy and has refused to apologize or accept the atrocities and plunderings that occurred during the dictatorship. Married to a lawyer with whom she has three sons, she has stayed away from controversies, including past tax convictions and the Marcos family’s refusal to pay a large estate tax. Throughout his campaign, he firmly stuck to the slogan of national unity. He denies allegations that he financed a year-long social media campaign that used online trolls to smear opponents and whitewash the Marcos family’s checkered history, daring critics to “show me one.”
Sara Duterte, 43, is the incumbent mayor of the city of Davao, which was her father’s constituency before being elected president in 2016.
A lawyer and reserve officer in the Philippine Army, Duterte has pursued a political career of his own and, although sometimes in support of his father, is considered more level-headed and practical.
Duterte’s party originally wanted him to replace him, but decided to run for vice president instead.
A mother of three, she has been a longtime mayor of the financially vibrant city of Davao, where the elder Duterte first struck a chord with his populist rhetoric and often bloody attitudes against criminality, particularly widespread trafficking and illegal drug use. made a political name. In 2016 rose to the presidency.