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Filipino elections aim for the son of the late dictator to regain family pride

As a front runner in the Philippine presidential election, the son of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos is ready to complete a remarkable rebranding of the family’s name 36 years after the uprising of “people’s power” ended his father’s dictatorship. It seems to be done.
In an official campaign starting Tuesday, 64-year-old Ferdinand Marcos Jr. holds a double-digit lead in voting three months before the May 9 elections.
His push to the presidency was helped by saying that political analysts were decades of public relations work to change the public perception of his family and supporters. Critics have accused Marcos of trying to rewrite history.
“What we are witnessing right now is the counter-revolution,” said Richard Haydarian, a political writer and scholar.
“Marcos is here to erase the 1986 (power of the people) revolution, restore glory, and fully restore the image of the Marcos administration.”
Since his family returned from asylum in the 1990s, Marcos has served as governor and member of the House of Representatives in northern Ilocos Norte, his father’s bailiwick, before he was appointed to the Senate in 2010.
His sister is a senator, former governor and former member of the House of Representatives, and his mother, Imelda, who failed the presidential election in 1992, was elected to parliament for four terms.
It is unthinkable for millions of Filipinos to return Marcos to the presidential residence, Malacanian, but more than half of the country’s more than 60 million voters are under the age of 40, and the Marcos administration and its Did not overcome oppression and predatory.
Ferdinand Marcos Sr., with Imelda aside, served as president for almost 20 years and ruled as a dictator before being expelled in the world-famous “People’s Power” uprising in 1986.
Known for their vast collection of artwork, jewelry and shoes, Marcos Sr. and Imelda have been accused of raising more than $ 10 billion during their tenure.
According to Amnesty International, 70,000 people were imprisoned, 34,000 were tortured and 3,240 were killed during his reign.
More than 11,100 victims of human rights abuses under the Marcos administration have been paid millions of dollars from Marcos Swiss bank accounts, which are part of the unjustified wealth of families recovered by the government. ..
Among them was political activist Loretta Ann Rosales, who was tortured and sexually abused during the Marcos administration, and is now one of several complaints trying to keep Marcos Jr. out of the presidential election. is.
“I thought we had removed Marcos,” said Rosales, a former chairman of the Commission on Human Rights. “I want him to be disqualified.”
Marcos Jr. questioned Amnesty International’s data, rejected the story of long-standing oppression, and failed the government under his father’s control. He and his family avoided asking questions about past atrocities and instead advertised what their supporters claimed to be the “golden age.”
Young Marcos, also known as Bonbon, did not comment on this story. He praised his father in the past, calling him an “idol” and praising his “work style”, his strong leadership qualities, and his love for the “Filipino” people. He said. Inheriting.
In a YouTube interview last year, Bongbong Marcos said, “I have a very clear understanding of what he needs to do and how to do it, and it’s his best qualification as a leader. I think. ” “The problem we are having now is the lack of leadership.”
The YouTube interview, entitled “The Greatest Lessons Bongbong Marcos Learned from His Father,” has been watched 13 million times since it aired in September.
Victor Manhit, an analyst at the Stratbase think tank, said: “He has dominated political discourse on social media.”
Fact-checking organization VeraFiles said in a December report that Marcos is the “biggest beneficiary” of disinformation online to shape his image while damaging rivals’ credibility before the start of the official campaign period. Said.
“You’re surrounded by the same account on social media, so I’m saying the same thing about Marcos (Senior) being a good leader-merciful, revolutionary, and all those stories-even if it’s a banana. Sounds like, and even if it’s not factual, you’re more likely to believe it’s true. ” Marie Fatima Go, a professor of communication research at the University of the Philippines, said.
Marcos says he is not involved in the negative campaign.
He lost to boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao, Manila Mayor Francisco Domagoso, and Senator Leni Robredo in the 2016 vice presidential election, along with senator Panphilo Laxon, who is challenging the presidential election. rice field.
For Raffie Respicio, 48, a tricycle driver and tour guide in the fortress of the Marcos family in Ilocos Norte, criticism of Marcos does not undermine his support for the former Senator.
“He did a lot here … and he helped tricycle drivers make a living through tourism,” Respicio said. “We are 100% for bonbons.”

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