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Manolo Quezon is #TheExplainer Newsletter - The 30 Year Marcos Restoration

Manuel L. Quezon III
Manuel L. Quezon III
I am grateful to .@asiasentinel for giving me the liberty and the space, to tell this story in full. The Marcos Restoration accomplished on May 9, 2022 began on May 11, 1992. But many things, including the unexpected, had to happen first.

In the Asian Sentinel
The Marcos Restoration: 30 Years In The Making
Readings of interest
I found these articles interesting: Ferdinand Marcos Sr.’s last election campaign (Part 1) (Part 2); The Triumph of the Marcos-Duterte Leviathan by Cleve Arguellres; Who Paved the Road to Malacañang for the Marcoses? by Gretchen Abuso; The arc of history by Zaldy Dandan:
Marcos Sr. did rule as a dictator, but he was a duly elected president. In 1965, he beat the then-incumbent president, Diosdado Macapagal, the father of the 14th president, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, one of Bongbong’s major supporters. In 1969, Marcos Sr. became the first Philippine president to be re-elected since the original Filipino “strongman,” Manuel L. Quezon, won a second term in 1941 with over 81% of the votes cast. MLQ’s opponent, Sen. Juan Marquez Sumulong, was the grandfather of the 11th president, Cory Aquino, and the great-grandfather of the 15th, Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III.
An interesting approach is in Notes from the Sidelines №13: Authoritarian Personality Types, Inter-Generational Value Change, and Bongbong Marcos’’ Path to the Presidency (Part 1) (Part 2) by Luc Dioneda. Also, The election of Marcos in the Philippines and the death rattle of democracy by Joseph Scalice, and Leni Robredo’s Pink Revolution by Criselda Yabes.
Some references related to my Asian Sentinel article: the 1991 AP story mentioning the Swiss condition that the Marcoses be allowed to return; a Swiss government agency release on the recovery of Marcos money. The Guardian report on efforts to recover the Marcos fortune. This animated chart of the 2021-22 Pulse Asia surveys (and this interesting insight into the Marcos base: Who’s voting for ‘Bongbong’ Marcos to be the next Filipino president?) as well as Opinion polling for the 2022 Philippine presidential election. See also Google Trends.
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Manuel L. Quezon III
Manuel L. Quezon III @mlq3

I'm a columnist for the Philippine Daily Inquirer; an Editor at large at; I write on history, politics and culture; and I write speeches and have worked in political communications; and I used to broadcast (which is where The Explainer comes from); I also set up and maintain the Philippine Diary Project; this is a newsletter to keep readers abreast of what I've written, am writing, and think about what's going on as well as a way to expand topics and conversations on all sorts of issues. Ideally, this will come thrice weekly:
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