Today, we mark the 97th birthday of former President Ferdinand Marcos.Malacañan Palace facebook page
Despite being “demonized” in Philippine history books, I’ve read that some post-Marcos Filipino netizens praised him saying “he’s the best president ever…”
On this day, let’s see what interesting things we can dig about the Filipino dictator:
In 1938, Ferdinand, along with his father, brother and brother-in-law, was prosecuted for the of their political rival, Julio Nalundasan. Ferdinand and his brother-in-law received the death penalty but were acquitted by the Supreme Court.
He topped the 1939 Bar Exam with a score of . His score was so high some quarters raised the the possibility of cheating, prompting the Supreme Court to step-in and re-calibrate his score to 92.35%.
Marcos was imprisoned for the murder of Nalundasan, preventing from attending weeks of classes. It did not stop him to review for his bar examinations and out in order to take the exam.
The current Senate President of the 16th Congress is Frank Drilon.
Marcos became Senator after serving as member of the House of Representatives for then later became the Minority Floor Leader before gaining the Senate Presidency.
He was on 1965, 1969 and 1981 in Quirino Grandstand while his last inauguration was held on February 25, 1986 in Malacañan Palace.
The beloved anime was first aired in the Philippines in 1978 but was banned by Marcos a year later, saying that it was for children. Some believe it was because Marcos was afraid that Voltes V’s story involving an aristocratic empire and its oppressed masses reflected his dictatorship in the country.
Isn’t it obvious? President Marcos delivered . The second placer is President Arroyo with 9.
Throughout his political career, President Marcos has portrayed himself as a guerrilla leader, and the image has been central to his political appeal. However, U.S. records show that they found no foundation for Marcos’s claims.
These military officials were personally handpicked by Marcos during the Martial Law. These were:
But contrary to the , Marcos gave them Omega watches, not Rolex.
It used to jut out of a mountainside in Benguet province. Sadly, the concrete was destroyed by unknown perpetrators — possibly left-wing activists, local tribes or looters hunting for Marcos’s legendary treasure.