Meet Bongbong Marcos Jr, the Philippines president.
Born 13th September, 1957 in the capital city of Philippines Manilla to parents, Ferdinand Marcos Sr. and Imelda Marcos. Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr as referred to by many as Bongbong is a politician from his native Philippines who has been elected as the new president of the country in the May 9, 2022 polls.
The new president elect hasn’t just won by chance since he’s been in and around the political fraternity for a very long time, he is the only son of three children by the Ex-president Ferdinand Marcos Sr.
Bongbong” Marcos Jr the son of the late Philippine dictator on Monday in the capital “Manila” was choosing to lead the country as their next president. This is a historical turnaround of lucks for a political dynasty that four decades ago was overthrown by the “People Power” revolution.
Bongbong” Marcos Jr, who will be instated in June, beat second-placed progressive candidate Leni Robredo and 8 others in a sweep. The 64-year-old obtained around 60 percent of vote, making him the winner of the presidential contest and another power to the family since his father’s rule.
Early Political Career
Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr in the past have served as the vice governor of Ilocos Norte in the 80’s representing his dad’s party who was known for his dictatorship and martial law leadership.
Bongbong Marcos Jr ross high up the rank to become the governor of Ilocos Norte in 1983, was governor for that time until the overthrown of his dictator father in 1986, by the People Power Revolution.
After the overthrown of his dad, the Marcos family flee the Philippines until after 1989 which saw their return back to the Philippines under the administration of the then president Corazon Aquino.
Bongbong Marcos Jr also enhanced to become a senator which eventually saw him contest for the vice president in the 2016 election which he painfully lost to Leni Robredo of the Camarines Sur with less than 1 percent vote difference.
However, with this solid background and political history saw Bongbong Marcos Jr announced in 2021 his intentions of contesting the upcoming Philippines presidential election in May 9, 2022 which he would go on to be victorious after several criticisms by opposition camps and others.
Institucion Teresiana and La Salle Green Hills in Manila was the first education history of Bongbong Marcos Jr before he travelled to England to study at the Worth School, St Edmund Hall, Oxford, to study philosophy, politics and economics.
Marcos Jr had lied about his bachelor of arts in PPE degree awarded to him by the University of Oxford, the university had established in 2015 his ineligible for such honor, due to the fact that Marcos Jr failed economics, and failed politics twice, hence making him unqualified for a degree.
Also, Marcos Jr took a program in Masters in Business Administration at the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia, United States, which he eventually failed to complete. Marcos claimed he departed from the program due to the vice governor of Ilocos Norte in 1980 election.
A special tax audit team of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) filed a formal assessment notice on the Marcos family’s failure to file estate tax returns and several income taxes returns to Bongbong Marcos at his Batasang Pambansa Complex office on 20 October 1992
As the then representative of the 2nd District of Ilocos Norte, he then filed an instant petition on June 25, 1993 through his attorney Loreto Ata for certiorari and prohibition to contest the estate tax deficiency assessment.
Bongbong Marcos Jr was eventually Trialed and convicted by Judge Benedicto Ulep of the Quezon City Regional Trial Court on July 1995 to 7 years jail term and a fine of $2,812 US Dollars plus back taxes Marcos consequently appealed the decision to the Court of Appeals over his conviction. Nonetheless, in 1994, the Court of Appeals ruled that the estate tax deficiency assessment had become “final and unappealable”, permitting its enforcement.
2011 Hawaii contempt judgement
Bongbong Marcos Jr and mother Imelda Marcos were fined $353.6 million by a Hawaii District Court for contempt for not regarding an injunction from a 1992 judgement in a Human Rights Victims case, which ordered them not to disintegrate the assets of Ferdinand Marcos’ estate. With a ruling sustained by a US court, the judgement also effectively barred Imelda and Bongbong from entering any US territory
Bongbong Marcos Jr has an encouraging online presence on YouTube, Twitter and Facebook. Where he occasionally celebrates with his online supporters.
According to research by Vera Files, Marcos profited the most from fake news along with President Rodrigo Duterte. Most viral news has more engagements on social media
In July 2020, Brittany Kaiser alleged in an interview that Marcos had contacted the provocative outfit Cambridge Analytica in order to “rebrand” the Marcos family image on social media Marcos’ spokesperson Vic Rodriguez denied these allegations.
Marcos is married to Louise “Liza” Cacho Araneta, a member of the prominent Araneta family, with three sons: Ferdinand “Sandro”, Joseph Simon, and William Vincent “Vince.