Ferdinand Marcos 'best president ever'?
MANILA - On the eve of the 28th anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution that removed him from power, the late former President Ferdinand Marcos was among top trends on social media site Twitter, with some claiming that he was "the best president" that the country has ever had.
Here are some of the tweets that praised the former dictator on Tuesday night:
I don't care the negative feedbacks of the Yellow Propaganda against Ferdinand Marcos. They can't change the fact that he's the best.
— Mc Mark Marcos (@McMarkMarcos) February 25, 2014
We owe you Ferdinand Marcos. You're the Best President so far. ??????
— B E Y A Y E O L (@Beagarcia23) February 25, 2014
Baka nakita ng mga kabtaan ngayon yung mga hindi nakita ng mattandang nagprotestaa nuon or nagbulagbulagan lang? Ferdinand Marcos best Pres!
— Ambrr Grey ? (@ambrrgree) February 25, 2014
I badly wish I got to experience the former president Ferdinand Marcos' predominance. :( I envy the oldies...
— YuricoOooorn (@Ninininicz) February 25, 2014
Corruption Then and Now i would choose the time of Ferdinand Marcos, At least the infrastructure was there comparedto today's Unknown Projs
— Aldrin Isidro Campos (@TheSimpleMac) February 25, 2014
I still look up Ferdinand Marcos despite of the martial law era. Let's ask ourselves where are we right now and are we truly free?
— Job Tabamo Barallas (@jbtbmbrlls) February 25, 2014
Come back to life, Ferdinand Marcos.
— Joisa Andrea (@imjoisapadilla) February 25, 2014
I Believe that Ferdinand Marcos is the best President the Philippines ever had to date. Talking about accomplishments!
— vlad campos (@iamnegrovlad) February 25, 2014
Ferdinand Marcos. During his time 1 Peso is equal to 1 USD. Uhmaaaziing. :3
— Ellyn Mae Arias (@elinmayarias) February 25, 2014
Our country seriously needs Ferdinand Marcos back...
— renzivan (@renzivan2) February 25, 2014
Ferdinand Marcos had been our best president and you know it.
— Charmiene Anggot (@choiyuuki07) February 25, 2014
I hate to say this & I guess a lot would disagree about this but seeing the accomplishments done by Ferdinand Marcos. He is the best for me
— Paul Martin Reyes (@CocoMartinReyes) February 25, 2014
Kahit di ko sya naabutan, Ferdinand Marcos is my favorite president ever. Why? Coz I read unbiased history books.
— Kat Eliseo (@katkat_8) February 25, 2014
— Janssen Queyquep (@Chenaticss) February 25, 2014
If you only know what are the best things President Ferdinand Marcos did that made Philippines one of the best country in the world ! Boom!
— Aleia Sharisse (@iAmALeia) February 25, 2014
Whatever you will say Ferdinand Marcos is the only president who make our country rich
— I Love you Grey (@greysonhugs) February 25, 2014
Ferdinand Marcos is a man of action.
— Angie (@angie_lyn3) February 25, 2014
Marcos' administration, which spanned 1965 to 1986, was marked by political repression, human rights violations, and corruption.
Amid alleged threats against the government, he declared martial law in 1972, which suspended the 1935 Constitution, dissolved Congress, and vested authoritarian powers on him.
Through Presidential Decrees, he was able to make laws without Congress, as well as issue arrest and seizure orders that are normally issued only by the judiciary in a democratic government.
More than 50,000 people, including those critical of his governance, were arrested during the first three years of his martial rule, according to Amnesty International. The number does not include the "desaparecidos" or victims of enforced disappearances under Marcos.
The Marcos regime was also responsible for 3,257 murders, 35,000 torture cases, and 70,000 incarcerations, according to members Akbayan party-list group, of whom many suffered under the dictatorship.
The repression forced thousands to go underground, with the book "Dictatorship and Revolution: Roots of People’s Power" estimating that number of communist rebels growing from 1,250 in 1972 to an estimated 40,000 in 1983 because of Marcos.
The value of the peso also dropped from P1 to US$ 1, to P25 pesos US$ 1, during Marcos' time in office.
From just US$ 360 million in 1962, the Philippines' debt reached P28.3 billion at the end of Marcos' rule in 1986, according to James K. Boyce's "The Political Economy of Growth and Impoverishment in the Marcos Era."
Meanwhile, the Presidential Commission on Good Government said the Marcoses stole at least $10 billion from the nation's coffers.
The Marcoses' ostentatious display of wealth during his rule in the 1970s left US embassy officials disgusted, according to diplomatic cables released by anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks.
PCGG Chairman Andres Bautista said the government has yet to recover P30 billion to P50 billion worth of Marcos assets, 28 years after the agency was established.