Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and the Philippines

Press/Media: Expert comment


Tom Smith's involvement in coverage of the 2022 election in the Philippines, and the eventual winner, Ferdinand Marcos Jr.

Period1 Apr 2022 → 1 Aug 2022

Media contributions


Media contributions

  • TitleUN Global Dispatch Podcast - The Philippines Gets a New President With A Very Familiar Name
    Media name/outletUN Global Dispatch
    Media typeOther
    DescriptionOn May 9th, Ferdinand Marcos Jr. was elected President of the Philippines. If that name sounds familiar to you, it is because he is the son of Ferdinand Marcos Senior, the brutal kleptocrat who ruled the Philippines for nearly 20 years.

    Marcos Jr., who is commonly known as “Bongbong,” took office on June 30th succeeding Rodrigo Duterte, whose six year term was marked by a sharp deterioration of human rights in the Philippines, including a so-called “war on drugs” in which several thousands of people were extrajudicially killed by state security forces. Bongbong Marcos’ vice president is Rodrigo Duterte’s daughter, Sara Duterte.

    To help explain this new chapter in Philippines politics is Dr. Tom Smith, Principle Lecturer in International Relations for the University of Portsmouth, and the Academic Director to the Royal Air Force College.
    PersonsTom Smith
  • TitleAuthoritarian nostalgia leads Marcos Jr. to power in the Philippines -- academics
    Media name/outletRTP News
    Media typeWeb
    DescriptionAuthoritarian nostalgia and youth without memory are responsible for leading to the presidency of the Philippines Marcos Jr., son of the country's former dictator and who "is not remembered for anything" in politics, according to academics interviewed by Lusa.
    PersonsTom Smith
  • TitleWorld in brief: the Philippines general election
    Media name/outletChatham House
    Media typeWeb
    DescriptionMore than 50 million Filipinos are expected to vote on May 9 in an election that could see the return of the Marcos dynasty to the frontline of national politics. Bar a major upset, Ferdinand Marcos Jr, 64, the only son and namesake of the country’s late dictator overthrown more than 35 years ago, is widely anticipated to win the race for president, taking over from the incumbent Rodrigo Duterte.
    PersonsTom Smith


  • Philippines
  • Marcos
  • Politics
  • Duterte
  • China
  • South China Sea
  • Human Rights