Who is the longest serving president of the Philippines?

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Who is the longest serving president of the Philippines?

Fri, 07/22/2011 - 14:39

Who was the dictator president of the Philippines? Sino ang pinakamatagal ng naging pangulo ng Pilipinas?

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Ferdinand E. Marcos

Fri, 07/22/2011 - 14:39

Ferdinand E. Marcos (1965-1986) defeated Diosdado Macapagal in the 1965 presidential election. He began military campaigns against insurgents including the communist guerrillas and Moro rebels. With his reelection in 1969, Marcos had to contend with worsening civil strife. Marcos declared Martial Law on September 21, 1972, following a series of bombings in Metro Manila. He abolished Congress, curtailed freedom of the press, imposed curfews, ordered the arrest of his political enemies, prohibited labour unions, and controlled the economy with the help of his cronies.

Although he lifted Martial Law in 1981, student activism and violent demonstrations continued. This was exacerbated by the assassination of Senator Benigno Aquino in 1983. A snap presidential election in 1986 pitted Marcos against the senator's widow, Corazon Aquino. When Marcos was declared the winner of the election, thought to be widely rigged, a people power uprising ousted his government. He fled to Hawaii where he died in 1989.