The Philippines: Too Much Pessimism over a Marcos Presidency
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- Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos secured a majority of votes, which is no mean feat, given that political parties are overshadowed by the familial elites who dominate Philippine politics.
- Marcos' victory reflects the failure of the EDSA movement to deliver the economic goods, which chimes with President Duterte's appeal, despite his War on Drugs and human rights record.
- There is a material likelihood that Marcos could manage the inter-elite contestations to push through reforms that his predecessor failed to do, despite significant political capital on hand.