President of the Philippines who held the country under an iron fist during his tenure from 1966 to 1986. His administration was known for their inclinations towards political repression, nepotism, and human rights violations and he was finally removed from office by the the People Power Revolution.
In response to the strident student demonstrations he was facing at home, he declared martial law, ruthlessly jailing dissidents and using the army to uphold order.
He was initially an ally of Ronald Reagan, but the U.S. started distancing itself away from his regime after he became more ruthless.
In 1939 he was found guilty and sentenced to death for murdering the political opponent of his father but the decision was later overturned by the Supreme Court.
He was born in Sarrat, Philippines, and claimed he could trace his lineage back to a 15th century Chinese pirate.
- The meaning of the name Marcos: Of Mars