Ferdinand Marcos was famous for ruling Philippine island with an iron fist for nearly two decades. He was also known for implementing a brutal martial law which gives the military to exercise their extraordinary power to maintain order, with his superior position in the senate, martial law was his excuse in uncontrolled growing level of the communist party called New People’s Army or NPA. He was the first president in the Philippine presidential history to be reelected twice in his term.
Ferdinand was born on September 11, 1917 in a small village in Ilocos Norte, located in the northern part of Luzon, called Sarat. His parents Josefa Edralin and Mariano Marcos were both school teachers. Many rumors had spread stating Ferdinand’s biological father was Ferdinand Chua, a wealthy Chinese-Filipino individual in the position of a municipal judge in a local city, but Ferdinand claims he was the godfather. In Ferdinand later years, as he went to school and pursue his dream to become a lawyer, Chua became responsible for his educational finances and overturned his fate for his conviction of murder.
He was accepted at the University of the Philippines, one of the top and finest among all the universities and he did well in school. Many of his classmates were amazed in his ability to retain complicated text and recite them forwards and backwards. His intelligence was his key in becoming a president. While in college, he was accused of killing Julio Nalundasan at his own private residence with a .22 caliber while celebrating victoriously by winning the congressional election over his political rival, Mariano Marcos.
Three years later, in his senior year before becoming a full pledge lawyer, Ferdinand was arrested for Nalungusan’s murder. He was trialed, the judge found him guilty and jailed for nearly six months. While in jail, he maximized his time by preparing himself for his bar examination. The results came back and he was rank #1 among all the examinees. Also, after his academic achievement while in prison, he made his own 830 pages appeal for his conviction. A few months later, the court accepted his appeal and dismissed the case. There was a persistent rumor that the judge was influenced by his biological father, Chua.
In the awake of World War II, while practicing law, Ferdinand had joined the Philippine Army as a CIO (Combat Intelligence Officer) and defended his country from the enemy invasion of the Japanese. He later claimed that he a played a big role in the Japanese resistance, but it was proven by the US official that he has little or no part in the anti-Japanese activities.
When Manuel Roxas was elected as the 5th president, Ferdinand was hires as his technical assistant. With his position in the presidential house called the Malacanang Palace, later in 1964, he ran his Nationalist party candidate against the 9th president of the Philippines, Diosdado Macapagal. A year later he won and inaugurated as the 10th president of the...