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New leadership in Philippines

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By Imran Khalid

With the ascension of Ferdinand Marcos Jr., the namesake son of an ousted dictator, as the Philippines' 17th president, which is perhaps one of the greatest political comebacks in recent history, the fabric of Philippine politics has finally completed the tectonic shift that had been rumbling under the surface for the last decade. Thirty-six years ago, when an army-backed "People Power" rebellion forced his father to relinquish power and leave the country, nobody could have imagined that one day the Marcos family would be able to regain power ― and that too with a landslide victory.

Not only has the Philippines gone "back to the future" with the arrival of Marcos Jr. at the helm of affairs, but it has also reinforced the already much-entrenched dynastic politics with the election of Sara Duterte, the daughter of outgoing President Rodrigo Duterte, as the vice president of the country. Now, the children of two former presidents are holding the country's the two most powerful seats. Both Marcos Jr. and Sara Duterte joined hands in the electoral race and both recorded resounding victories.

Marcos Jr. received over 31 million votes and Sara Duterte more than 32 million of the more than 55 million votes cast in the May 9 election. By all standards, massively thumping victories have provided them hefty political capital as they face tremendous challenges as well as doubts arising from their fathers' reputations. It is the first majority presidential victory in the Philippines in decades.

Apparently, three key factors contributed to the electoral success of the Marcos-Duterte duo, despite carrying........

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