Ferdinand Marcos Jr on Thursday praised his dictator father’s rule after being sworn in as the country’s new leader, completing a decades-long effort to restore the clan to the country’s highest office.
‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr, sport watch military 64, won last month’s elections by a landslide, securing the biggest victory since his father and namesake was ousted by a popular revolt in 1986.
He was lovingly embraced by his mother Imelda, who at 92 years of age watched her son get sworn in as the country’s president 36 years after her husband was deposed.
Marcos Jr succeeds the hugely popular Rodrigo Duterte, who gained international infamy for his deadly drug war and has threatened to kill suspected dealers after he leaves office.
The new president swept to power with the help of a massive social media misinformation campaign.
Pro-Marcos groups bombarded Filipinos with fake or misleading posts portraying the family in a positive light while ignoring the brutality and theft of billions of dollars from state coffers during Marcos Sr’s 20-year rule.
Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr.(seated), son of the late president Ferdinand Marcos, signs documents after taking his oath of office as President as Supreme Court Chief Justice Alexander Gesmundo (L), Marcos Jr.’s wife, Liza (2-R), and their children look in Manila, Philippines, 30 June 2022
Imelda Marcos lovingly kisses her son as he is sworn into office as President of The Philippines, 36 years after her husband was deposed
Members of the Marcos family pose on stage during Marcos Jr’s inauguration ceremony today
Newly-elected Philippines President Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr., the son and namesake of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, delivers a speech during the inauguration ceremony at the National Museum in Manila, Philippines, June 30, 2022
Outgoing president Rodrigo Duterte is pictured wearing a mask as he received the newly inaugurated Marcos Jr, stood behind, at today’s ceremony in Manila
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