Ferdinand Marcos Jr sworn in as Philippines president

by | Jun 29, 2022 | World

Ferdinand Marcos Jr, the son and namesake of the Philippines’s late dictator, has been sworn in as the country’s new president.Marcos Jr’s inauguration on Thursday marks a stunning political comeback for one of Asia’s most famous political dynasties, 36 years after it was toppled in a popular uprising.
Known as “Bongbong”, the 64-year-old Marcos Jr won a rare landslide victory in last month’s presidential election, helped by what critics have said was a years-long campaign to whitewash his family’s image.
He succeeds Rodrigo Duterte, who gained international notoriety for his deadly drug war and has threatened to kill suspected dealers after he leaves office.
Marcos Jr took the oath of office at midday local time (0400 GMT) in a public ceremony at the National Museum in Manila in front of hundreds of local and foreign dignitaries and journalists.
Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan and United States Vice President Kamala Harris’s husband, Doug Emhoff, are among foreign dignitaries attending the noontime ceremony.
Activists and survivors of the martial law era under his father plan protests timed to Marcos Jr’s inauguration, while more than 15,000 police, soldiers and coast guard personnel have been deployed across the capital for security.
Filipino activists burn effigies depicting incoming Philippine President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr and Vice President Sara Duterte during a protest denouncing their election in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines, May 25, 2022 [File: Lisa Marie David/ Reuters]
The elder Marcos ruled the Philippines for two decades from 1965, almost half of it under martial law, helping him to exten …

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