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The Philippines Votes the Marcos Dynasty Back into Power

After months of campaigning, Ferdinand Marcos, Jr., son of the notorious ex-dictator, will take presidential office in the Philippines at the end of June.

  • In this Q&A, Crisis Group expert Georgi Engelbrecht explains the vote’s implications for the country’s internal security and foreign policy.

What happened in the Philippines’ presidential election?

On 9 May, over 30 million Filipino voters – close to 60 per cent of the electorate – cast ballots for Ferdinand Marcos, Jr., popularly known as “Bongbong”, son of the dictator ousted in 1986 by an uprising after two decades of brutal rule.

Largely anticipated by pre-election polls, his landslide victory brings…

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