Too complacent for too many years

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The day Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. was sworn in as the 17th president of the Philippines Ellen Tordesillas was in Hamburg.Having participated at a global conference of fact-checkers in Oslo/Norway the "Grande Dame" of filipino investigative journalism had opted for a stop-over in Hamburg to visit the "Hamburg Foundation for politically persecuted People". In 2020 the NGO had granted her a one year stipend to recover from the threats and constant harrassement by the administration of then president Duterte.

But even though the reign of Duterte was coming to an end, she didn't feel much hope for the future of the Philippines. Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. is no friend of free and independent media. His first order to the owners of filipino media outlets has been to cancel the term "dictator" in regard to his father. From now on Marcos Sr., who had ruled and plunderd the country for more than 20 years, should be referred to as a "strongman" on only.

"Don't be fooled", Ellen Tordesillas told this podcast: "This president has little respect for the rule of law, Human Rights and the values of democracy."

Comments (2)


Don't generalize that the way the father did and behave, the son will do the same. Why not cling to the positive side of Mr. BBM of the reality of serving his fellowmen, or perfect what things appeared imperfect during his father's reign, or patch up the loopholes during his father's time, so he can regain the trust and confidence of people. Why people are always behaving like this? Are you and your mother perfectly the same in all characteristics? behavior? or idealism? Why not hope and pray for what is best to the Philippines through BBM. God bless you man.


there is no change from how the dictator Ferdinand Senior the way his Junior would denigrate the hallowed principles of justice and democracy. what is a junior would stand for, after all?

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