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Ferdinand Marcos
  • Mini Bio
  • Name: Ferdinand Emmanuel Edralin Marcos
  • Born: 11th September 1917, Sarrat, Ilocos Norte, Philippine Islands
  • Died: 28th September 1989, Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.
  • Resting place: Ferdinand E. Marcos Presidential Center, Batac, Ilocos Norte until 18th November 2016 when he was moved to the Heroes' Cemetery, Taguig, Metro Manila
  • Alma mater: University of the Philippines
  • Occupation: Soldier, lawyer and politician
  • In high office: 10th President of the Philippines from 30th December 1965 - 25th February 1986
  • Political affiliations: Liberal Party 1946 - 1965, Nacionalista Party 1965 - 1978 and Kilusang Bagong Lipunan 1978 - 1989
  • Marriage resume: Imelda Romuáldez 1954 - 1989 (his death)
  • Nicknames: The Man Of Steal, McCoy and Father Of The Nation
  • Height: 5' 7" (1.7 m)
  • Religion: Aglipayan then later converted to Roman Catholicism so he could marry Imelda Romualdez in 1954
  • Controversy: Declassified documents from the non-governmental organization National Security Archive based in the George Washington University revealed that the U.S. stored nuclear weapons in the Philippines and informed the complicit president Marcos of this in 1966
  • Trivia: When the family fled to Hawaii U.S. customs officials discovered in their luggage 24 suitcases of gold bricks, certificates for gold bullion valued at billions of dollars and precious stones embedded in jewellery worth millions of dollars
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"It is easier to run a revolution than a government"

Ferdinand Marcos

"I have been in too many conflicts, too many wars, political battles, military battles, civil strifes in government. And always one lesson stands out and that is, those whom you fight most passionately often turn out to be your best friends"

Ferdinand Marcos

"We cannot and we will not negotiate with terrorists. We have nothing but contempt for them. To conciliate differences with these people without them changing their objectives is to condemn our Republic to ultimate strangulation and death"

Ferdinand Marcos

"Our government is in the iron grip of venality, its treasury is barren, its resources are wasted, its civil service is slothful and indifferent, its armed forces demoralized and its councils sterile"

Ferdinand Marcos

"Leadership is the other side of the coin of loneliness, and he who is a leader must always act alone. And in acting alone, accept everything alone"

Ferdinand Marcos

"I often wonder what I will be remembered in history for. Scholar? Military hero? Builder?"

Ferdinand Marcos

"History should not be left to the historians. Rather, be like Churchill. Make history, and then write it"

Ferdinand Marcos

"I was deposed by a coup d'etat, by friends that I trusted and aided by the American Government"

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

"The challenge to Asia is to discard the dry, meatless bone of mysticism and fatalism"

Ferdinand Marcos

"What we ask of the developed countries is to let the Third World find a third way"

Ferdinand Marcos

"Elect me as your congressman today, I promise you an Ilocano president in 20 years"

Ferdinand Marcos

"The permissiveness of society must be balanced with authoritativeness"

Ferdinand Marcos

"My spirit will rise from the grave and the world shall know that I was right"

Ferdinand Marcos

"The Filipino, it seems, has lost his soul, his dignity, and his courage"

Ferdinand Marcos

"I can understand the Cultural Revolution of Mao Tse-tung"

Ferdinand Marcos

"Of what good is democracy if it is not for the poor?"

Ferdinand Marcos

"Nobody is impervious to misfortune"

Ferdinand Marcos

"How could you believe that I did this, because it is the worst possible thing that could have happened to me politically?"

Ferdinand Marcos

"Freedom is not just declared; it is exercised"

Ferdinand Marcos

"I claim the right not to incriminate myself"

Ferdinand Marcos

"You are repetitious and stupid"

Ferdinand Marcos

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Ferdinand Marcos Biography

Michael Joseph Farrelly Bio By: Michael Joseph Farrelly

The rise and fall of Ferdinand Marcos is a perplexing story of hope vanquished by the intoxication of power relinquishing the common good for the insatiable avarice of the individual and the crony. The arbiters of history have not written kindly of the 20 year reign of power of the 10th President of the Philippines as the considered opinion consistently labels him as one of the greatest kleptocrats of all time.

Climbing the slippery pole of power is never an easy task and although his final ascension into the hot seat of the corridors of Filipino power could be described as fairytale he had previously overcame many trials and tribulations. In 1938 Ferdinand was charged and convicted for the 1935 murder of one of his fathers political rivals Julio Nalundasan and he faced the death penalty for premeditated murder. In a last ditch appeal to the Supreme Court of the Philippines he had the verdict overturned and was acquitted on all charges despite two witnesses implicating him as the person who pulled the trigger.

During WW2 there is little doubt that Marcos fought in the Battle of Bataan but the degree of his involvement in the war against the Japanese became the subject of sceptical disagreement during his 2nd term in office after his embellished version of events proved a big vote winner in his initial election to power in 1965.

In the run up to the 1965 presidential elections Marcos raised the hopes of the whole nation with the country buying into his campaign promising economic reform, but it was more than just political rhetoric that saw him swept into office as his wife Imelda Marcus who had been written off by the press as a trophy wife proved a formidable ally in his camp. They were portrayed as the president in waiting and his first lady in a not so cryptic comparison to president John F. Kennedy and his glamorous wife Jacqueline, the inferred Kennedy references did not stop there as there was a Camelot feeling generated by the Marcos campaign entourage that gave the country a feel good factor in the form of renewed hope for the nation.



His first term saw many ambitious public works projects started but the other side of this positive coin was the negative gift of government contracts to cronies who inflated prices to the detriment of the public purse. He oversaw the Philippines founding membership of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in 1967 but behind the positive veneer of government PR Marcos was frantically seeking financial aid from the U.S. In 1969 he set a precedent by becoming the first Filipino president to be reelected to power but the bright hope of the nations patience was wearing thin and his 2nd term in office was to prove a far more turbulent affair than the first.

The threat of Communism was ever present and when Marcos implemented an engineered martial law it fed fuel to the red threat and incidents of insurgency were on the increase. A climate of fear was kept in place until Marcos finally rescinded martial law in 1981 but by this time he had affectedly blunted any threat from the opposition so he called the first election since 1969 and was easily reelected as president in name but dictator in reality.

As the Marcos years in power grew so did his list of enemies and in February 1986 his disenchanted opponents organised a series of civil resistance demonstrations against the government. Momentum grew for the demonstrations with notable allies of Marcos jumping ship meaning Ferdinand was left with no choice so he cut a deal for safe passage out of the Philippines for his family and close associates in what is now known as the People Power Revolution.

He ended his days in Hawaii bitterly ruing what he believed to be a traitorous coup d'état with little thought of the years of plundering the nations resources and human rights abuses all committed under his tenure. His legacy includes the building of all the speciality hospitals and many new roads in the country and becoming self sufficient in rice and corn production before the end of the 1960's, but for all the good he did achieve it was dwarfed by the vast corruption that drained the nations coffers.

Ultimately he promised much but delivered little for the resources spent was not commensurate with the benefit the country received. He had a photographic memory and was able to memorise a 25 page speech after just one reading, he was also good for a one liner so here is my compilation of 22 of the best Ferdinand Marcos quotes

Quotes About Ferdinand Marcos

Then Vice President George H.W. Bush was diplomatic in his 1981 description: "We love your adherence to democratic principles and to democratic process, and we will not leave you in isolation"

The correspondent Eric Pace described him thus: "Marcos was as tough as he was debonair, and he came to rule the Philippines with an iron hand before popular unrest forced him to flee in 1986 after two decades in power"

The prime minister of Singapore Lee Kuan Yew was pragmatic in his appraisal: "The difference lies in the culture of the Filipino people. It is a soft, forgiving culture. Only in the Philippines could a leader like Ferdinand Marcos, who pillaged his country for over 20 years, still be considered for a national burial"

Former Senator Vicente Paterno contextualised the kleptocracy: "The amount of theft perpetrated by Marcos's regime was probably less than that by Suharto on Indonesia, but harmed our country more because the sums stolen by Marcos were sent out of the country, whereas Suharto's loot mostly were invested in Indonesia"

The writer Frank Senauth described his political funding: "Marcos himself diverted large sums of government money to his party's campaign funds"

Ferdinand Marcos Jr. said of his fathers legacy: "God has taken this great man from our midst to a better place. Hopefully, friends and detractors alike will look beyond the man to see what he stood for - his vision, his compassion and his total love of country"

The Philippine economist Bernardo Villegas was sympathetic towards his reformation efforts: "It was a cultural misreading of the Philippines. His economic samurais became robber barons instead"


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