By: Elena Grace Flores
Now that Rodrigo Duterte, a 71-year-old city self-styled strongman is already the President of the Philippines – will the Duterte-Marcos tandem still viable despite Marcos’ alleged fraudulent defeat by Leni Robredo? LA Times Noted: “People who are supporting Bongbong Marcos are the same people who are favorably inclined toward Duterte,” said Gerard Finin, director and senior research fellow at the East-West Center in Honolulu. “These are people who think strong leadership is necessary regardless of rule of law. I don’t think that’s a majority by any means, but there are people who have forgotten the position martial law left the Philippines in, in terms of human rights, the economy — all the things that have taken decades to rebuild.”
Bongbong Marcos grew up in the Philippines, and was sent to England in 1970 while his father was at the height of his power. He studied social studies at Oxford University, and then business at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, but dropped out in 1980 after he was elected the vice governor of the Philippines’ Ilocos Norte province then became a senator.
Bongbong believes that his father had a noteworthy presidency. For him, he’s just a dad with special responsibility because as a child, Bongbong observed that when he walked into a room, the room stops and everybody would defer to him. He was in control. He was the boss; the younger Marcos said. With that memories, Duterte who’s father was an avid Marcos loyalist, also vowed to continue their alliance for as long as it’s for the good of the people. Now that Marcos already submitted his electoral protest against Robredo during the May 9, 2016 election, it would be interesting what this Duterte-Marcos tandem is cooking!