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."