Why the Philippines holds the Marcos family in such contempt

Almost forty years after his father was deposed in a revolution, Ferdinand Marcos Jr., also known by his nickname “Bongbong,” is about to take office as president of the Philippines. The Marcos name returns to power thanks to his almost guaranteed win, but why is it so notorious? The sole child of Ferdinand Marcos Sr., the nation’s former dictator who served as president from 1965 to 1986, is Mr. Marcos Jr. It’s crucial to take into account the family’s previous ascent and fall in order to comprehend their incredible political return. A dramatic tale of exile, demonstrations, murder, and hundreds of expensive shoes is told.

Despite taking office as president for the first time in 1965, Mr. Marcos Sr. only fully took over the Philippines in 1972. One year remained until his second term as president was set to end, but instead of stepping down, he imposed martial law. In actuality, this meant that complete censorship was enforced, opposition leaders were detained, and the parliament was suspended. Once a prosperous attorney, Mr. Marcos Sr. seized total authority over the legal system. Throughout his rule, the army and police continued to torture and murder his opponents.

The years that followed are regarded as some of the worst in the history of the country, marked by rampant corruption and violations of human rights. Millions of people were living in abject poverty as the national debt grew. But, Mr. Marcos Sr.’s demise was ultimately brought about by a high-profile murder that occurred on a summer afternoon in 1983 in August. Leader of the opposition Benigno Aquino had fled the Marcos government and was living in exile in the United States. He was shot to death shortly after arriving in Manila, the nation’s capital, despite his determination to introduce democracy to his homeland.

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