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Mon May 9, 2022, 09:06 AM

Is Marcos Jr about to win in the Philippines?

Is this for real?
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-61344609
Voting has closed in the Philippines after millions queued across the islands to choose their next president.
The man tipped to win the presidency is Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr, the son of the nation's former dictator.
Opinion polls have suggested he may see a landslide victory, meaning the Marcos clan ousted by a people's revolt 36 years ago could reclaim power.

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Reply Is Marcos Jr about to win in the Philippines? (Original post)
malaise May 9 OP
FelineOverlord May 9 #1
AnyFunctioningAdult May 9 #2
DemocratSinceBirth May 9 #3
dameatball May 9 #4
JI7 May 9 #5
brooklynite May 9 #6
honest.abe May 9 #8
brooklynite May 9 #9
honest.abe May 9 #12
honest.abe May 9 #7
LeftInTX May 9 #24
honest.abe May 9 #25
Sympthsical May 9 #10
FSogol May 9 #11
Amishman May 9 #18
honest.abe May 9 #20
Chin music May 9 #13
JI7 May 9 #14
Chin music May 9 #15
JI7 May 9 #19
Chin music May 9 #21
Dorian Gray May 9 #17
Bucky May 9 #22
Dorian Gray May 9 #23
spanone May 9 #16

Response to malaise (Original post)

Mon May 9, 2022, 09:08 AM

1. My husband spent much time there in the 1980s

He is absolutely horrified that this is happening.

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Response to malaise (Original post)

Mon May 9, 2022, 09:19 AM

2. Yes

Unfortunately he has been polling ahead for months and looks to be winning. The documentary on Netflix about his mom and all the corruption was eye opening. Amazing how much in her own world the mom is.

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Response to malaise (Original post)

Mon May 9, 2022, 09:25 AM

3. He can't be as bad as Duterte.

At least he opposes extrajudicial killing of drug users.

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Response to malaise (Original post)

Mon May 9, 2022, 10:10 AM

4. Oddly enough it isn't hard to imagine a Barron Trump PAC sometime down the road. Political

dynasties are pretty common.

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Response to malaise (Original post)

Mon May 9, 2022, 10:13 AM

5. Yes, people of the country like these type of people as Leader .

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Response to malaise (Original post)

Mon May 9, 2022, 10:19 AM

6. Most voters weren't alive when Marcos was kicked out of power.

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Response to brooklynite (Reply #6)

Mon May 9, 2022, 10:21 AM

8. Can't they read history books?

This new generation is getting their "knowledge" from social media and it is totally blurring facts with fiction.

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Response to honest.abe (Reply #8)

Mon May 9, 2022, 10:24 AM

9. Do our young voters?

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Response to brooklynite (Reply #9)

Mon May 9, 2022, 10:29 AM

12. According to my wife who is originally from the Philippines..

sees the social media problem much worse there. They seem to believe the craziest stuff they read on social media.

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Response to malaise (Original post)

Mon May 9, 2022, 10:19 AM

7. I was a Peace Corps Volunteer there in late 70's.

I was so proud of the Filipino people for taking down Marcos but now I am shocked they are about to elect another Marcos back into power. My wife who was originally from the Philippines blames social media for spreading all sorts of disinformation supporting Marcos.

It will be interesting to see how this plays out. Could be another era of a Marcos dictatorship ahead.

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Response to honest.abe (Reply #7)

Mon May 9, 2022, 02:16 PM

24. What does bongbong mean?

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Response to LeftInTX (Reply #24)

Mon May 9, 2022, 02:39 PM

25. Ha! Good question. I think nothing other than a nickname.

Filipinos love nicknames usually some play on their names. My wife's nickname is Ming which is also means nothing and is loosely linked to her real name.

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Response to malaise (Original post)

Mon May 9, 2022, 10:26 AM

10. My Filipino partner supports Marcos

He and his family immigrated here in the 1980s. I asked about this election, because hell if I know anything about Filipino politics.

He and his family want Marcos to win. I noted the former dictatorial corruption stuff. The reply, and I quote, "He's going to redeem the family name."

Half their family are still in the Philippines and they visit often (until Covid). That seems to be the running familial opinion.

The only thing I knew going in was that Pacquiao is a raging asshole.

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Response to malaise (Original post)

Mon May 9, 2022, 10:27 AM

11. Another triumph for social media! Pushing in an extremist RW candidate who will wreck

an already damaged country.

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Response to FSogol (Reply #11)

Mon May 9, 2022, 11:06 AM

18. Another victory for Chinese social media manipulation. Marcos Jr is the most pro-China option

He's consistently pro-China where Duterte is wildly inconsistent. Robredo is seen as neutral on China, and no anti-Chinese candidate was able to get any traction.

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Response to Amishman (Reply #18)

Mon May 9, 2022, 11:19 AM

20. +1

Unfortunately that appears to be the situation. China wants to dominate the Philippines and they are slowly but surely getting there.

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Response to Chin music (Reply #13)

Mon May 9, 2022, 10:38 AM

14. No, he was elected by the people .

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Response to Chin music (Reply #15)

Mon May 9, 2022, 11:13 AM

19. The people of the country supported those things

He remains popular even now.

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Response to Chin music (Reply #13)

Mon May 9, 2022, 10:48 AM

17. If he were a dictator

they wouldn't be voting someone else in right now.

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Response to Dorian Gray (Reply #17)

Mon May 9, 2022, 11:27 AM

22. Right; Duterte is a democratically elected autocrat and toxic populist.

Just like his daughter, Sara, who is going to be Bongbong Marcos's Vice President.

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Response to Bucky (Reply #22)

Mon May 9, 2022, 02:12 PM

23. I didn't realize his daughter was running with Marcos.

ugh. Gross. 2 despicable dynasties on one ticket.

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Response to malaise (Original post)

Mon May 9, 2022, 10:41 AM

16. K&R

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