Ferdinand Marcos

"There are many things we do not want about the world. Let us not just mourn them. Let us change them."

Ferdinand Marcos became president on December 30, 1965. He was born on September 11, 1917 in Sarrat, Ilocos Norte to Don Mariano Marcos and Josefa Edralin. He was a member of the House of Representatives and the Philippine Senate and claimed to be a decorated guerrilla leader during the war.

His first term saw a number of socio-economic development programs aimed at improving the national economy and raised the livelihood standards of the Filipinos. He won his second term on November 11, 1969 but was rocked by violent student demonstrations. A break down in peace and order, a deteriorating economy, graft and corruption, and communists and subversive elements grew in number during these period. Alarmed, he placed the whole country under Martial Law which eventually saw a disciplined society although his political enemies were jailed or killed and abuses by the military and his cronies were rampant. The assassination of Senator Benigno Aquino Jr. on August 21, 1983 was the turning point for the end of the Marcos dictatorship. He won again as president in the controversial snap election of 1986 against Ninoy's widow, Corazon Aquino. This led to the bloodless revolution in Edsa called the "People Power Revolution" which ousted him. President Ferdinand Marcos fled to Hawaii together with his wife Imelda and their children - Imee, Imelda and Ferdinand Jr. Not long after, Marcos died on September 28, 1989. The greatest achievement of the Marcos presidency was in the field of infrastructure development and international diplomacy.
President Ferdinand Marcos
Born: September 11, 1917
Died: September 28, 1989
6th President of the Third Republic of the Philippines
First President of the Fourth Republic of the Philippines
(Term: December 30, 1965 - February 25, 1986)
Vice Presidents: Fernando Lopez
and Arturo Tolentino
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