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Rebranding the Marcos legacy

Development of Asian 'strongman' image could help discredited regime in comeback efforts

| Philippines
Life-sized cardboard cut-outs of Imela, Bongbong and Imee Marcos in the entrance of the Ilocos Norte Capitol building in Laoag City.(photo by Duncan McCargo)

The legacy of former Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos is alive and well in his home region of Ilocos Norte at the northwestern tip of the country. Banners commemorating the centenary of his 1917 birth are festooned across the front of the provincial government building in Laoag City, while in the entrance lobby, visitors are greeted by life-sized cardboard cutouts of his widow Imelda, his son Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos, and his daughter Imee, the current provincial governor.

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