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Rally at United Nations decries Filipino president’s arrival and demands human rights be upheld

Ferdinand Bongbong Marcos Jr

Filipino activists will rally both outside the United Nations headquarters and nationwide on Sept. 20 while the Philippines’ current president, Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., delivers a speech. The rally is meant to demand accountability from Marcos and the Philippines’ former President Rodrigo Duterte, whose drug war policy allegedly led to some 30,000 extrajudicial killings and whose daughter, Sara Duterte, is now the Philippines’ vice president. Led by national Filipino human rights organizations such as Malaya Movement, and Anakbayan, among others, the upcoming rally is also meant to demand that the West uphold and honor human rights worldwide.

Many Filipinos will mark the day after the president’s speech as the 50th anniversary of the declaration of martial law under Ferdinand Marcos Sr., whom many would call a dictator while others consider him a president. Believing that there was a communist insurgency threat, Marcos enacted martial law on Sept. 21, 1972, until his ousting in 1986 due to the People Power Revolution.

Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr. inaugurated as 17th president of the Philippines

  • Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., son of the late former President Ferdinand Marcos Sr., was sworn in as the Philippines’ 17th president on Thursday.
  • Marcos, also known as BBM, won the May 9 election with 31,629,783 votes, or 58.77% of the electorate.
  • Marcos steered his 2022 campaign with a promise of unity and progress.
  • Around 5,000 supporters gathered to watch the new chief executive’s inauguration at the National Museum of the Philippines in Manila.

Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., son of the late former Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Sr., was sworn in as Manila’s 17th chief executive on Thursday.

Marcos Jr., who goes by the moniker BBM, won the country’s presidential election on May 9 with 31,629,783 votes, which constituted 58.77% of the electorate.

Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr. on track to win 2022 Philippine presidential election in landslide

2022 Philippine presidential election
  • With over 90 percent of the votes counted so far, Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., the son of former president and dictator Ferdinand Marcos, leads in the 2022 Philippine election at almost 59 percent, more than twice the votes of his nearest competitor, current Vice President Leni Robredo.
  • Sara Duterte-Carpio, Marcos’s running mate and the daughter of current President Rodrigo Duterte, leads in the vice presidential race at almost 61 percent, as of this writing.
  • The election results appear to reflect the success of the Marcos family’s efforts to restore their name through a historical revisionist campaign on social media.
  • The phrase “Please Lord” trended on Twitter in the Philippines, with many netizens praying for a fair national election while expressing their anxiety for the future of their country.
  • A shooting at a polling station in the southern island of Mindanao on Monday left three security guards dead, just hours after five grenades exploded outside of a polling station in Datu Unsay municipality, leaving nine people wounded.

With over 90 percent of the votes counted so far, Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. leads in the 2022 Philippine presidential election.

With about 65.7 million registered voters in the Philippines and 1.69 million overseas, Marcos currently holds 59 percent of the votes, more than twice those of his nearest competitor, current Vice President Leni Robredo.  

Filipino American group exposes pro-Marcos trolls after he urged critics to ‘find me one’

  • In an interview with CNN Philippines released on April 26, Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. denied using online trolls to boost his campaign and urged critics to “find me one.”
  • In response, Filipino American group US Filipinos for Good Governance (USFGG) launched a website dedicated to exposing pro-Marcos Philippine presidential election trolls on Facebook.
  • The group found 102 trolls who coordinated with each other to push content favorable to Marcos’ campaign and spread disinformation about current Vice President Leni Robredo, his main presidential rival.
  • The group determined the trolls’ three main activities to be distribution, commenting and filling up profiles or pages with pro-Marcos content.
  • USFGG also called on Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg to remove fake posts and disable the trolls’ accounts on Facebook before the May 9 elections.

Filipino American group US Filipinos for Good Governance (USFGG) launched a website dedicated to exposing pro-Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. trolls on Facebook after the presidential candidate urged critics to “find me one” last week.

Aiming to fight disinformation in the Philippines, USFGG identified 102 troll accounts using artificial intelligence and public data.