Ferdinand Marcos Jr.
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“We have really yet to see any major achievements, especially for the lives of the ordinary people,” said Cleve Arguelles, chief executive of WR Numero Research. Despite this, Marcos remains popular in public opinion polls, in April a report indicated that 78% of Filipinos approved of his performance.
Security and military concerns, particularly on the South China Sea and Taiwan, were prominent in the discourse surrounding Harris’s visit.
Free speech advocates are concerned the new government of Ferdinand Marcos Jr. will continue cracking down on independent media in an attempt to whitewash the history of his father’s brutal dictatorship.
The site, co-founded by Nobel laureate Maria Ressa, was known for covering Duterte’s bloody crackdown on illegal drugs. The move comes a day before President Rodrigo Duterte is due to leave office.