The inauguration of Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. on 30 June as the 17th President of the Republic of the Philippines was met by protests in the capital city of Manila, other cities in the Philippines, as well as in the US. The protesters rejected the “illegitimate Marcos II” who won the elections “through lies and historical revisionism.” They also expressed their demands for higher wages, scrapping of the excise tax on fuel and lowering the prices of basic commodities.
One of the protest leaders, martial law veteran and artistic director Bonifacio Ilagan of the Campaign Against the Return of the Marcoses and Martial Law (CARMMA) declared, “He may have 31 million votes but that doesn’t mean that he is a legitimate president! For us in CARMMA, the pain inflicted in the past is the reason for our resistance.”
The protesters condemned Marcos, Jr’s efforts to ‘sanitize’ the many crimes of his family against the Filipino people. Renato Reyes, Jr, Secretary General of patriotic alliance Bagong Alyansang Makabayan declared that the historical truth cannot be changed. “The Marcoses have ill-gotten wealth, human rights violations were rampant and poverty worsened” during the 20-year rule of Marcos, Sr.
At the Heroes’ Monument in Quezon City, families of victims and activists during martial law gathered and pledged to continue the resistance against the historical lies of the Marcoses.
Protests were also held in Naga City and Cebu City in central Philippines and in New York City and California in the US. They called on the Filipino people and the international community to “Reject the Marcos-Duterte regime! Continue the fight for genuine democracy!”
Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. was elected President, together with former President Rodrigo Duterte’s daughter Sara Duterte as Vice President, in the 9 May 2022 elections. They are set to serve a six-year term.