Ferdinand Marcos Jr., known as Bongbong Marcos or BBM, was elected president of the Philippines this Monday (9). Son of former dictator Ferdinand Marcos, who ruled the country between 1965 and , and the infamous former first lady Imelda Marcos (whose massive shoe collection entered for the anecdote of world politics), the politician of 64 years confirmed the projections and was chosen to preside over the Asian country for the next six years.
BBM has been in the policy since 1986, when, at 23 years, became vice governor of the province of Ilocos Norte , a position he ran for alone because his father ruled the Philippines at the time under martial law. In 1983, he became governor of the province, but fled into exile in Hawaii in 1986, after Ferdinand Marcos was deposed.
BBM and his family returned to the Philippines after the death of the former dictator in 2016 . He then went through several elective positions: deputy for Ilocos Norte in the Philippine House of Representatives, again governor of the province and senator.
In 2016, he was defeated by the lawyer and activist Leni Robredo in the election for the country’s vice presidency (in the Philippines, voting for president and vice president are separate), a candidate who has now defeated in the presidential race.
Analysts pointed out that BBM skillfully mobilized the younger electorate on social media, while preaching that his father’s rule was a golden age in the Philippines, despite repression and allegations that his family had embezzled up to US$ billions of public coffers – which resulted in numerous lawsuits in the country and in the United States (the latter also for human rights violations).
Sara Duterte, fil ha of the current president, Rodrigo Duterte, and supported by BBM, was elected vice president this Monday.