Will US continue the weapons gravy train with Marcos legacy in Philippines?

Source: Responsible Statecraft
by Nick Cleveland-Stout

“In a landmark election on Monday, Ferdinand Marcos Jr., known by his boyhood nickname of ‘Bongbong,’ was elected to a six-year term as president of the Philippines. No doubt the retirement of current President Rodrigo Duterte, who has often caused a headache for the White House, will be met with some relief in Washington. However, there is little reason to believe that Duterte’s successor will be the democratic bulwark President Biden wants in the Philippines. Washington’s policy towards the Philippines was counterproductive under Duterte and will likely remain counterproductive under Bongbong Marcos unless Biden shifts gears.” (05/11/22)