The Marcoses

Topics: Philippines, Ferdinand Marcos, People Power Revolution Pages: 2 (641 words) Published: January 8, 2013
History Channel’s coverage on the Marcoses


When Ferdinand Marcos became the president of the Philippines, in his hands laid the full power and responsibility over the country. After a few years of his reign, his lust for power became demanding. So, then he decided to declare Martial Law, that was in year 1972. He had full control over businesses and also the media. Some people became resistant because they were afraid, but there was one man who wanted democracy to reign supreme. That man was Ninoy Aquino, he fought till the very end but when his assassination happened, it was going to be a crazy ride for Marcos. He tried his very best to retain his power over the Philippines, but then shouldn’t the government be afraid of its people and not the other way around? This is when the People Power happened, this was a non-revolutionary war. Guns and tanks didn’t take over but rosary and prayers; soldiers who were assigned to fight with the people surrendered and joined the peaceful movement. Then, the predictable fall of Marcos’ reign happened.

Followed by the fall is their immediate leave from the Philippines, and after a few years was the death of Ferdinand Marcos. Imelda came back to the Philippines, she did everything to clear the name of the Marcoses but everyone knew it was never going to be easy. Trust cannot be easily mended when a wound has already been made.

Long gone are the days of the Marcos regime but even up until now, people seem to not let go of the horrid past. The scar that the Marcoses left on the Filipino people and on the country itself caused a lot of destruction and hatred. In 1972, Ferdinand Marcos declared Martial Law, in his hands laid the full control over the Philippines. People who will not obey his commands will be put to jail or worse be killed. Oppression and tyranny was put beside his name. He wanted the people to learn but then cruelty and punishment is not the true method of learning. But then when you...
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