June 30th marks the full circle of the first year under Philippine president Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr., son of previously deposed dictator Ferdinand Marcos Sr.

The Philippines is both a globally critical hotspot of biodiversity and natural resources, and a historic beacon of democracy and people power in Asia. But the environmental and human rights situation has deteriorated over the past decades, especially under the prior regime of the fascist Rodrigo Duterte, president from 2016 to 2022.

Having established an alliance with the Dutertes and other dynastic elites to win the 2022 presidential race, how has the second coming of the Marcoses fared as the continuity of Duterte’s economics and militarism?

Let’s listen to the Datus, the chieftains of the indigenous Dulangan and Taboli Manobo tribes of Mindanao island, as they react to the big trends under Marcos 2.0.

Read more about the Legal Rights and Natural Resources Center / Friends of the Earth Philippines’ analysis of the first year under the Marcos Jr. Presidency here.

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