Our men in Manila

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The favourite to win the Philippine presidential election on 9 May is Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr, whose father, Ferdinand Sr, was responsible for over 3,000 summary executions, 34,000 cases of torture and 70,000 wrongful incarcerations when he ruled the country between 1965 and 1986.

Today Bongbong is an eager advocate for outgoing President Rodrigo Duterte’s own brand of authoritarianism, which has persecuted and jailed journalists, imposed martial law in the southern Philippines and murdered 30,000 drug users and political enemies since 2016.

Declassified documents show British elites supported the Marcos Sr regime as surely as it has Duterte’s, as they both committed widespread crimes.
Original languageEnglish
Specialist publicationDeclassified UK
Publication statusPublished - 6 May 2022


  • International Relations
  • Philippines
  • arms exports
  • Politics


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