MANUEL “MANNY” P. MOGATO is Editor-at-Large and opinion writer, writing under the column “In the Trenches.” As Reuters Manila correspondent, he and two other colleagues won the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting in 2018 for their coverage of the Duterte administration’s war on drugs.
Legacy media face a difficult battle ahead under a Marcos administration.
Duterte will step down from power next month but his legacy in damaging democracy will linger., He helped bring Marcos back to power.
Bongbong Marcos’ victory is a big drawback to the press. Without a vibrant and free press, democracy takes a step backward.
But whatever the outcome, the markets and foreign embassies in Manila are nervously watching the situation. Will democracy slide back and the economic recovery slow down? The answers are in the hands of the people.
If the surveys are to be believed, the May 9 presidential elections are over even before the first ballot is cast.