Philippines at its best during the Marcos regime?
August 28, 2009 7:58am CST
By far, the best philippines happened during the time of Marcos. The economy of the philippines is at its best during his time. The philippines is very well ahead of its neighboring countries. He made a lot of good for the country, but for a duration of some years, until his great power caught up with him declaring martial law. During the martial law, the economy is still great and at its strongest perhaps. But martial law has its downside; CPP NPA was formed and many rights of every filipino were limited and violated, and many more. But during this time, crime rate plummeted because of curfew, the economy grew stronger. But not until cronies began corrupting our nations wealth... The healthy economy of the philippines became a very sick economy Every good things always have its end... Our best philippines ended during his time and it never recovered since then... Even the democracy we are proud to have can't help... What's next for the philippines' future?
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• Quezon City, Philippines
1 Sep 09
I beg to disagree with that I was living in Bicol region back then and I felt that our province was really in bad shape during the Marcos administration. That is because we were staunchly an opposition province we paid dearly for that and in our place it was where the NPA had flourished because of that. It was very obvious that regionalistic was very strong during those times. Go to Ilocos and you would see stark difference from other provinces back then. After Marcoses falldown was the only time my province found real freedom. My place just grew its natural course to development because we were not suppressed by administration, the insurgency naturally lost in popularity because people had seen freedom from being suppress because we are not supportive of the government. My province still is from time to time not supportive of the present administration but we have not been suppressed like before.
2 Sep 09
Sorry to hear that. So the status of the philippines then, being a strong economy is perhaps due to progressive state of some provinces only, maybe including metro manila. Other provinces maybe not in good shape. So it is not entirely the whole philippines enjoyed the strong economy during that time. It is so bad that leaders left other places behind, due to some indifference that was not resolved. Hope in this time, the whole philippines interest would be taken in consideration.
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• Quezon City, Philippines
2 Sep 09
Yes the distribution of wealth during those years are for their allies only and not for the entire nation. My place Naga city was a 5th class city when the Marcoses where in position. They placed many crony mayors in my city and not one of them were able to bring Naga's economy up but remain stagnant without progress. That happened in most of my childhood till the last part of my college years. When the EDSA I transpired we were able to change our local government and eventually was able to vote for our officials freely without any blessings from Malacanan. After several years from 5th class city we became a 1st class city and our economy prospered. I think my place has developed well in the past decades and continues to develop.
29 Aug 09
I agree with you on this one. I believe the Philippines was at its peak during the first half of Marcos' regime. The equivalent of dollars to pesos is almost 1:1. The economy was soaring during his time. But it all ended when he declared Martial Law.
29 Aug 09
I'm not yet existing during the Marcos regime but since I love reading books about the history of our country, I can say that Marcos did a great Job for our country. Our economy is one of the best in Asia. The price of goods that time is so cheap as compared to today. Even in Martial Law, our economy is also stable. But the downside during his stay in Power is the Martial Law. Using Martial rule to govern a country is inexcusable. He should have transferred the power to his successor peacefully. Remember that during that time, Ninoy Aquino is considered as the next president of the Philippines, so I think that our country could have improved a lot if martial law was not implemented. And also, if Martial Rule was not implemented that time, Marcos could be a well-loved president like Corazon Aquino.
28 Aug 09
I believe that during the early marcos era, we are #2 in asia in terms of economy, only Japan is ahead and the Filipino in always regarded with respect in the international scene with people like carlos p. romulo in the United Nations. We also won Ms. Universe in 1969 and 1973? Only means that we are highly regarded people during those days. I hope we can soon catch up again as we are now way behind even in southeast asia. But not in basketball, the only thing we do best in southeast asia.
28 Aug 09
I am not sure how i can respond to this since I wasn't born during the Matrial Law and was barely a baby during the EDSA People power revolution. from the movies that i have watched and some interviews, the Philippines is the second almost best nation after japan. unfortunately, armed guards of every politicians is popular then and started the violence of killing. this, i think may have given Marcos a reason to declare Martial Law to prevent crimes from ever happening. downside, i agree with you that. not only the activist were killed,abused but also raped by so many law enforcers, am sure some of these scums are still alive today. I HOPE Martial law doesn't happen again. there's still hope.