Undercurrents: Elections in the Philippines

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Philip Bowring

Hong Kong-based journalist

As the Philippines are set to elect a new president and vice president on May 9, Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr and Sara Duterte appear to be heading for victory at the polls.

To better understand how the son of a past dictator and the daughter of the current president are set to win the presidential ticket, Mariana speaks to Philip Bowring about the role of family dynasties.

Drawing on insights from his new book, The Making of Modern Philippines: Pieces of a Jigsaw State, Philip assesses President Duterte’s policies and some of the most pressing problems for the next president, from the economy, to governance and the national stance on China.