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[NEWS IN-DEPTH] Ferdinand Marcos Jr. elected new president of Philippines in landslide victory Updated: 2022-05-12 17:15:33 KST

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The Philippines has elected its new president with Ferdinand Marcos Junior set to take over from Rodrigo Duterte in July and lead the country for the next six years.
He's the son of former President Ferdinand Marcos, who's deemed by many as a dictator.
According to unofficial results, Marcos Junior, also known as "Bongbong," earned a landslide victory, defeating his main rival Leni Robredo.
He declared victory on Wednesday, saying his electoral triumph is a boost to democracy and promised to seek common ground across the political divide.

So what drove many Filipino citizens to vote for Marcos Junior? And how could his term affect future Seoul-Manila relations?

For this we are joined by Joeffrey Maddatu Calimag, Professor at the Department of Global Business Administration School of Global Studies at Kyungsung University.

Q1. Professor, let's start with the basics. For our viewers from across the globe, can you give us a background of who will be the next president of the Philippines?

Q2. Many people who didn't vote for Marcos have expressed concern due to his family background. Can you tell us more on who his father is, and what impact he had on the Philippines during his ruling?

Q3. Despite such concerns, what do you think was the main factor that gave Marcos such a huge victory?

Q4. Let's now turn to Marcos' policies, previously he said that he will follow some policies of the outgoing President Duterte, who focused on economic growth.
What do we know about his diplomatic policies? How do they differ from Duterte's?

Q6. Which of his policies should South Korea keep a close eye on? Which could they influence Seoul-Manila ties?

Q7. How would you evaluate South Korea-Philippines relations under the Duterte administration?

Q8. Now, with South Korea and the Philippines both welcoming new presidencies, what can we expect from future interactions? What more can be done?

Alright, let's hope for more active engagement in various sectors under the new leaders. Professor, thank you for joining us, "Maraming salamat".
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