• Asia The troubled Duterte era comes to an end in the Philippines

  • Asia The son of the dictator Marcos, the great favorite in the presidential race in the Philippines

Rodrigo Duterte

could not leave the throne of the

Philippines

without taking out one last card he had in store against the brave journalist who has stood up to one of the most controversial

political figures

of the last decade.

On the eve of the Asian country inaugurating a new era with the

son of former dictator Ferdinand Marcos

at the helm, the government of the outgoing Duterte ordered the closure of the digital newspaper of the Nobel Peace Prize winner María Ressa.

Duterte

's popularity

inside the Philippines has been stoked for years by many media powers the leader had eating out of his hand.

To the media that did not follow him,

he tried to silence them.

That happened with the

Rappler

portal , founded by Ressa, always relentless in his defense of human rights and in his

criticism of Duterte

, who managed on Wednesday, on his last day in office, to knock down one of the most solid speakers of the freedom of press in the Philippines.

Duterte

's time

has expired.

The man who triumphed at home with his anti-drug slogan

and who became known on the international stage for leading a war that has officially left around

7,000 alleged drug traffickers dead

is retiring from politics at the age of 77

, although human rights organizations They point out that many of the murders are

victims attacked by mistake

who fell in the hunt ordered by the former Philippine leader.

Duterte

is leaving, but his name will remain at the forefront of politics.

His daughter,

Sara Duterte Carpio

, is the elected vice president who will accompany the new tenant of the Malacañang palace during the next legislature:

Ferdinand Marcos Jr

(64 years old), known as "Bongbong", who has been sworn in as the seventeenth

president of the Philippines

this Thursday at a ceremony at the National Museum in Manila in front of hundreds of local and foreign dignitaries, and

15,000 police

and soldiers deployed in the capital.

back in power

It so happens that

Marcos Jr

takes office on the 50th anniversary of martial law decreed during

his father's dictatorship

.

The success of the new president is due to the fact that he managed to rewrite the legacy of his mentor as the

golden years of the Philippines

, where peace and economic prosperity abounded, turning the 70,000 prisoners, 34,000 tortured and 3,240 dead during

the regime of his father

-according to

Amnesty International estimates - little more than rumors and lies.

That speech was the one that was recorded among the more than

30 million people

who voted for him throughout the archipelago with 7,600 islands.

Duterte's substitute got

10 million more ballots

than his main rival with an exercise of collective amnesia that he forged from

social networks,

avoiding electoral debates with other candidates.

The exultant mass that cheered

Marcos Jr

this Thursday seems to have forgotten the crimes with the signature of his last name and the corruption that his father wove and of which

the son took advantage

: the dictator looted the coffers of the State, cut costs in projects of construction,

embezzled aid funds

abroad and maintained a warren of Swiss bank accounts, all to an estimated

$10 billion.

After

three decades of lawsuits

, the Philippine Supreme Court was able to recover

$5 billion of

the Marcos fortune.

Justice is still fighting in various lawsuits for another

2,400 million

that remain in the hands of the family of the man who will be president of the country for the next six years.

This week, the

Supreme Court

ruled against two complaints from the opposition that sought to stop the candidacy of

Marcos Jr

for alleged tax crimes.

"I'm not here to talk about the past, I'm here to tell you about

our future

. A future of sufficiency, even abundance, of readily available ways and means to do what needs to be done," said

the new president

, who inherits of its predecessor, in addition to the populist circulation, a rising economy, although with the threat of

inflation

.

He will also have to try to balance relations with his ally the

United States

and their disputes with China on the sea they share.

A day after winning the elections,

Marcos Jr

visited his father's grave in the family stronghold of Ilocos Norte, and issued a statement calling the

late dictator

- who died in exile in Hawaii in 1989 - the "inspiration who taught me

the value

and meaning of true leadership.

The

Marcos dynasty

has returned to power in the same country from which they fled by helicopter in 1986.

Imee Marcos,

Marcos Jr's sister and a senator, said a few weeks ago that her brother's victory would allow the

rehabilitation

of her family's name and legacy. .

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