Taking the measure of Marcos Jr’s first 100 days

MANILA – Ferdinand Marcos Jr has defied both his allies and critics in his first 100 days in office, shifting the Philippines in new political and diplomatic directions in a major policy reboot.

After six years of disruptive populism under predecessor president Rodrigo Duterte, who lashed out at Western allies and railed against local big business “oligarchs”, the new Filipino president has staked out an early path of policy moderation and traditional statesmanship.

In particular, Marcos Jr has toned down his predecessor’s scorched-earth drug war and anti-communism campaign, revived frayed ties with the United States and taken a more critical stance towards China and Russia.