“Let’s reject, reject, reject Marcos-Duterte,” chanted a dozen demonstrators in front of the Plamondon metro station in Montreal on Wednesday evening. What are they denouncing? The results of the national elections in the Philippines on Tuesday elected Ferdinand Marcos Junior, son of the late dictator.
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“We are all shocked. We are all sad. There was massive fraud in the Philippines. We don’t accept that,” says Cheney de Guzman, communications officer at PINAY, a non-profit organization for Filipino immigrant women.
Ferdinand Marcos Jr., son of the late dictator, won a landslide victory as a presidential candidate in the Philippines on Tuesday, restoring his family clan to power 36 years after the popular revolt that ousted him. Sarah Duterte, daughter of current President Rodrigo Duterte, also won the vice presidential election from Marcos’ list.
This victory by son Marcos leaves a bitter taste in the mouth for millions of Filipinos hoping to turn the page of Rodrigo Duterte’s six-year presidency, which was marked by violence, including a bloody war on drug trafficking, and rising authoritarianism.
“The May 9 presidential elections are a serious setback for democracy. It brings back to power the family of Ferdinand Marcos – one of the most notorious dictators of the Cold War,” said Erik Kuhonta, professor in the Department of Political Science and director of the Institute for the Study of International Development at McGill, on McGill University’s website University.
“Thanks to a powerful disinformation campaign on social media, Ferdinand Marcos Jr., known as Bongbong, was able to whitewash his father’s corruption and human rights abuses and win the presidency. Filipino, no doubt,” he added.
For years, pro Marcos junior accounts have burst onto social networks, passing on to young Filipinos the twenty years of his father’s regime (1965-1986) as a golden era of peace and prosperity for the archipelago. And ignore the tens of thousands of opponents arrested, tortured or killed, or even the billions of dollars stolen from the country’s coffers by the Marcos clan for their personal gain.
The regime had been overthrown by a major popular uprising in 1986, and the Marcos family had exiled to the United States before returning to patiently weave a powerful network of political support.
Less than half a century after their ouster, the Marcos will return in July to Manila’s Malacanang presidential palace, from where “Bongbong” has promised to restore the country’s “unity” during his six-year tenure.
With Agence France-Presse