Ferdinand Marcos

Ferdinand Marcos 'forced Philippine military chiefs to parade as women'

President Ferdinand Marcos, son Ferdinand Junior and wife Imelda in Ilocos Norte in 1986. Photo: Reuters

Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos forced his military chiefs to parade as women during a birthday party planned by his wife Imelda, according to US diplomatic cables. William Sullivan, US ambassador to the Philippines in the mid-1970s, wrote a series of blistering criticisms of the couple in cables since declassified and published by WikiLeaks.

Wednesday, 10 April, 2013, 5:44am

Philippines to compensate Marcos rights victims

Philippine President Benigno Aquino (centre) signs the Martial Law Compensation bill during the 27th anniversary of the People Power revolution at the People Power monument in Manila on Monday. Photo: AFP

Philippine President Benigno Aquino signed a landmark law on Monday compensating human rights victims of dictator Ferdinand Marcos, 27 years after a bloodless “People Power” revolution ended his reign.

25 Feb 2013 - 3:11pm

Epic hunt for Marcos embezzled wealth fails

Imelda Marcos kisses her late husband's glass coffin. Photo: AP

The Philippines is to wrap up a near-30-year hunt for the embezzled wealth of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, with more than half the supposed US$10 billion fortune still missing.

2 Jan 2013 - 5:56am

Philippines set to end hunt for Marcos’ wealth chase

 Imelda Marcos kisses the glass coffin of her husband, the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos, in 2010. Photo: AP

The Philippines is to wind down a near-30-year hunt for the embezzled wealth of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, with more than half the supposed US$10 billion (about HK$78 billion) fortune still missing, the man in charge of the search said.

1 Jan 2013 - 12:00pm

Briefs, November 28, 2012

Garment workers shout slogans as they attend a mourning procession for the death of the workers of the Ashlia fire accident in Dhaka, Bangladesh on 27 November 2012. Photo: EPA

Factory boss on the run in Bangladesh

28 Nov 2012 - 5:02am

US court reveals secret of Marcos artworks

Vilma Bautista

In late 1985, with the end of the Marcos regime in the Philippines in sight, a large truck pulled up in front of the Upper East Side townhouse where Imelda Marcos stayed and threw parties while in New York.

22 Nov 2012 - 4:08am

Mortician Frank Malabed is Philippines' embalmer to the famous

Mortician Franck Malabed with the make-up he uses when touching up the dead. Photo: AFP

When dictator Ferdinand Marcos and a host of other famous Philippine figures met their maker, they also met Frank Malabed.

An assassinated democracy hero, a soft-porn star, high-profile socialites and political statesmen are others to have been sent to the grave by the country's most prominent and, arguably, passionate mortician.

8 Nov 2012 - 3:58am

Briefs, September 24, 2012

A man uses a banana raft to ferry villagers. Photo: AP

Marcos' martial law speech to be aired

24 Sep 2012 - 3:23am


Sometimes you can bend the rules

I refer to the letter by Tricia Cheong ('View that native English-speaking teachers are better is very misguided', July 31).

Granted, native English-speaking teachers are not necessarily better than their local counterparts, but there is a need for some local teachers to learn from their foreign colleagues.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:03pm


It is time to outlaw ticket scalpers

On Friday, I spent more than one hour with one finger on the refresh button of my browser and the other on redial of my mobile phone, trying to get through to Hong Kong Ticketing in order to get tickets for the third Lady Gaga concert in May.

8 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Marcos' son still eyes share of loot

The son of late Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos said he still hopes to secure some of the cash and property the government says his family looted during 20 years of brutal rule.

He also confirmed for the first time that he had a direct hand in trying to withdraw US$200 million from a secret family bank account with Credit Suisse in Switzerland.

24 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Ongpin last top official to take his life

The last former top government official to commit suicide was Jaime Ongpin. On December 7, 1987, he was found dead with a bullet wound in his head and a pistol in his hand.

Three months before, Ongpin, 49, had been the finance minister of president Corazon Aquino, but had been forced to resign because of his allegedly controversial and conservative economic policies.

9 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Fighting graft should top Aquino's agenda

An incoming leader should be cut some slack, and new Philippine President Benigno 'Noynoy' Aquino has been given plenty. He took office yesterday riding an extraordinary wave of goodwill pinned on hopes he can deliver on an ambitious agenda of change. Filipinos long for moral and political renewal and they see him as the best person to bring this about.

1 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

slice of life

From the pages of the South China Morning Post this week in 1986

The destiny of the Philippines and its people was left in the hands of a 53-year-old housewife when, after 20 years of autocratic rule, Ferdinand Marcos abandoned the presidency and the country and flew into exile from a United States military base.

27 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

Compromise on Marcos billions is unacceptable

Authorities never cut deals with bank robbers; the money that was stolen is recovered and returned and the thief jailed. Casting former Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos in such a light may seem simplistic, given that he, his family and cronies allegedly stole billions of dollars from the government's coffers, but the case is nonetheless as straightforward.

24 May 2006 - 12:00am