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Dear MEL Topic Readers,
Ferdinand Marcos Jr sworn in as Philippines president, replacing Duterte
Ferdinand Marcos Sr. was the 10th President of the Philippines for two decades until 1986 when he was removed from power by the People Power Revolution. During his term, the Philippines was under martial law from 1972 for nearly ten years and his dictatorship lasted until he was ousted. In those days, the Constitution was revised, media outlets were silenced, and violence and oppression were used against the political opposition, Muslims, suspected communists, and citizens. He also pursued aggressive infrastructure development with foreign debt, which caused an inflationary crisis. Now, 35 years have passed since his exile, bitter memories have faded and new generations have been born. Then in the recent presidential election, his son, Ferdinand Marcos Jr was elected the 17th president, who has been praising his father’s achievements. In fact, he earned nearly 60% of the total votes cast. His running mate, who was elected in a separate election, is the daughter of the last president Rodrigo Duarte. The Marcos dynasty has just been reelected. The Aquino dynasty seems to have ceased. And now the Duarte is rising. How many democratically established dynasties are there in the world?
Enjoy reading the article and learning about the new leader of the Philippines.