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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.

Filipino dictator’s son, Marcos Jr., was inspired to run for president while watching ‘Ant-Man’

  • Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., a 2022 Philippine presidential candidate, was allegedly inspired to run while watching the 2015 Marvel film “Ant-Man.”
  • In a recent interview, his wife, Liza Araneta Marcos, shared details about the moment of inspiration.
  • “One day we’re watching ‘Ant-Man’... and then he looked at me and he goes, ‘OK, we’re going to do this,’ he told me. ‘Do what?’ ‘Run for the presidency.’”
  • The hit superhero film tells the story of Scott Lang, a convicted thief who becomes the superhero Ant-Man after he steals a high-tech suit that can shrink him into the size of an ant.
  • Similar to Lang’s character, Marcos Jr. also was convicted of a crime, but he did not serve his seven-year prison sentence.

The son and namesake of the late Filipino dictator Ferdinand Marcos, who was deposed in 1986 after ruling the Philippines for more than 20 years, was reportedly inspired by a Marvel superhero to run for president. 

Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. decided to join the 2022 Philippine presidential race after watching Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man,” according to his wife Liza Araneta Marcos in a recent interview with Filipino talk show host Boy Abunda.