On May 9, the Philippines held their Presidential elections. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. won the election, bringing back the infamous family toppled in 1986 in a popular revolution. What does this say about the memory and the political climate of the nation? How will Marcos govern the country? What policies do we expect of this new Marcos regime and how might they differ from the current policies of Rodrigo Duterte? We explore the historical significance of the return of Marcos to power in the nation. [ dur: 58mins. ]
- Jocelyn Martin is Assistant Professor of English at Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines. She is the author of “Martial Law as Philippine Trauma: Group Culture, the Sacred, and Impunity in Three Memoirs” and “From Dictator to Hero: Marcos, Heroes Cemeteries and Sites of Cultural Memory”.
- Teresa S. Encarnacion Tadem is Professor of Political Science at the University of Philippines Diliman. She is the author of Philippine Politics and the Marcos Technocrats: The emergence and evolution of a power elite and “The Politics of a Middle-Class-Led Movement in the Philippines”.
- Nico Ravanilla is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of California San Diego. He is the co-author of “Deadly Populism: How Local Political Outsiders Drive Duterte’s War on Drugs in the Philippines” (with Renard Sexton and Dotan Haim) and “The Philippine Elections: Has Politics Changed under Duterte?”.
This program is produced by Ankine Aghassian, Doug Becker, Melissa Chiprin and Sudd Dongre.