Bongbong Marcos: Philippine Congress Announces Next President

The proclamation formalizes the once unimaginable return to power of the country’s most prominent political dynasty after the 1986 “people power” uprising that forced the Marcos family to emigrate to Hawaii.

Marcos, 64, better known as “Bongbong”, will take over from Rodrigo Duterte on June 30 and will serve until 2028, with the incumbent’s daughter, Sarah Duterte-Carpio, to become his vice president.

“I ask you all, pray for me, wish me well,” said Marcos, dressed in the traditional white shirt and trousers of a Filipino barong, after the proclamation. “I want to do well for this country.”

Marcos received 31.6 million or 58.77% of the ballots cast for an 82% turnout.

He won by a margin not seen since his father’s autocratic rule of 1965-1986, an era characterized by corruption, martial law and the shameless extravagance of the first family, a narrative his campaign sought to destroy.

Marcos’ wife and three sons were also present in Congress, where the family has won seats in almost every election since their return from exile in the 1990s. Also in attendance was the 92-year-old matriarch Imelda, a powerful influencer who received loud applause in the house as she posed for photographs.

He will almost certainly have a supermajority in the legislature, with his sister Imi becoming a senator, his son Ferdinand a congressman, and cousin Martin Romualdez, the House Majority Leader who is expected to be named Speaker, to demonstrate the extent of power that will be have a family.

He said he would focus on energy prices, jobs, infrastructure and education.

Marcos is still assembling his cabinet, which will have to deal with high inflation, public debt and a difficult foreign policy balance with an ally the United States and an increasingly powerful China.

Despite the margin of victory, Marcos’ rule will be divisive and generate widespread anger among opponents and victims of persecution over what they see as historical revisionism aimed at purifying the family’s name.

Imi Marcos on Wednesday said the family was “very, very grateful for a second chance” in power.

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