Things are looking grim for democracy in the Philippines. The specter of the Marcos dictatorship that had loomed over the past few decades has birthed, barring any last-minute surprises, the country’s next president. How did Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. win by an unprecedented landslide? Did his challengers ever stand a chance? We spoke to political scientist Cleve Arguelles to make sense of the Filipino presidential election, and what a Bongbong presidency means for the country. Tune in!
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The Coconuts Podcast delivers impactful, weird, and wonderful reporting by our journalists on the ground in eight cities: Singapore, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Manila, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Yangon, and Bali. Listen to headline news and insightful interviews on matters large and small, designed for people located in – or curious about – Southeast Asia and Hong Kong.