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Lately, our professor provided us to watch a movie about the president who ruled our

country, Philippines. It’s so meaningful and full of information that the student like us will
gain knowledge about the history of the Philippines. Presidents are the one who has the
responsibility to take care of the country what he/she ruling. But some of them have their
own characteristics and behaviours in which one of them will also have their own ways and
techniques on how they will rule the country. Ferdinand Marcos, Cory Aquino, Fidel Ramos
and Joseph Estrada are the example for this.

The term of Ferdinand Marcos was the most controversial regime in the Philippines history.
Marcos was an intellectual, capable of initiating unimaginable ideals for himself and for his
country. He served in the military and assembled medals of prestige and honour. According
to the movie we’ve watched, Marcos was then imprisoned but lately released. He studied
while he was in prison and even topped the bar exams. In accordance, he defends himself to
the court and he was successfully released in prison. Because of his intelligence and all of his
political achievements, government appoint him to become the president and people don’t
complain but instead to trust and agree about what happened. Before he declares martial
law, he gave a lot of contributions. Some are infrastructure programs, electricity generator,
and development of roads, buildings, bridges and others. With Marcos autocratic style of
ruling Philippines, he was able to do these developments without hesitation and also with
the help of his wife, Imelda Marcos, the widow and first lady of him. He can do all what he
wanted to do. His wife, Imelda, was accused that she ordered to shoot Ninoy Aquino while
he is landing on the Philippines. But base on the film in personal interview of her, she said
that it’s not true that she do that. This theory of her is not yet proven until now. And this is
the huge factor why Marcos declares Martial Law. People tend to protest and march along
EDSA because of his undeniable works like heavy demonstrations and spend a large amount
of money. He extended his term, closed the mass media and even the freedom of people
was lost. Then Cory Aquino “Ina ng Bayan” takes off.

For us students, based on this, even we doesn’t encounter this, there is positive and
negative effect on how Marcos ruled the Philippines. Positive is the huge development of
the properties and the negative is the disappearance of the freedom of every individual. It’s
great that he gave us a good contributions but it should be balance between the power of
him and the people around him. He must listen on what people wanted and unwanted
based on what they just can do and not. He’s trying to steal everyone’s privilege to do
something they like to do. Martial Law is not in favour for everyone; it should be disclosed
and pops off.