Ferdinand Marcos

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

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

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.

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