Marcos not every man’s ‘villain’


HE was described as the country’s late strongman and dictator. But for some of his loyalists, Ferdinand Emmanuel Edralin Marcos Sr. was not a villain after all.

For veteran newspaperman Danilo Ambrocio, Marcos, who will be celebrating his 96th birthday on Wednesday, had contributed a lot for the development of the country.

While in power Marcos implemented wide-ranging programs of infrastructure development and economic reforms.

In fact, Ambrocio noted that infrastructure development is one of the achievements of the Marcos administration.

In infrastructure, Ambrocio said, Marcos successfully expanded the country’s land territory through his hectares of reclamation area.

“He constructed various feeder roads, school buildings even in far-flung areas in the country. No barrio in the Philippines was not reached by the development during Marcos time,” he added.

Among the noted infrastructures that were built during the Marcos era include the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), Folk Arts Theatre, Philippine International Convention Center (PICC), Makiling Center for the Arts (National Arts Center), Malacañang ti Amianan in Laoag, Nayong Pilipino, Museum for Native Art in Tacloban, and Palace in the Sky.

These infrastructure projects became the venue for the Filipinos to highlight cultural heritage, propagate arts and culture, and at the same time generate tourism.

It was also during Marcos time when more road networks and bridges were constructed such as, the Manila North Diversion Road, precursor of the North Luzon Expressway (Nlex), the Marcos Highway to Baguio and the San Juanico Bridge that links the islands of Samar and Leyte.

The Marcos regime also expressed great concern on public health as exhibited by the establishment of hospitals like the Philippine Heart Center, Lung Center, Kidney Institute, and Philippine Children’s Hospital.

Ambrocio said it during Marcos’ time when basic services reached the grassroots level through the government’s extension workers.

In terms of diplomatic relations with other countries, the Philippines had active ties with all the countries including the fair treatment to the United States (US) and China, he added.

Ambrocio said Marcos’ greatest policy was his declaration of the martial law, which greatly reformed the government.

“Proclamation 1081 stipulates that its implementation was purposely to save the Republic and to reform the society,” he added.

During the implementation of martial law, he added, oligarchs became powerless and the government had a total control of mass media.

He, however, dismissed observations that mass media were curtailed during the Marcos regime saying that the former President even befriend some of the journalists.

Ambrocio also expressed belief that the negative perception against Marcos was only part of the black propaganda sowed against him by his critics.

Ambrocio’s personal encounter with the late president happened during the graduation of the Kabataang Barangay leadership training in Mount Makiling, Los Baños, Laguna in 1975 where Marcos became the guest of honor.


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  1. Excuse me po jakijulu, wag mo naman sana diktahan si Pres. Marcos. He did his very best para sa bansa natin. I do believed na hindi sya masamang tao. Makikita naman na during his time maunlad tayo, disiplinado, walang mga masasamang tao, malinis ang paligid at iba pa. Nasira lang sya dahil sa mga tao sa paligid nya. Isa na dun sina Enrile, Ramos na pasimuno sa na puro mga balimbing naman. We’ve been fooled by those aquinos and cojuancos. Believed me! baket ko alam mga to? nagresearch ako. Hinanap ko ang katotohanan at history kung ano ba talaga ang nangyari. Don’t just rely and depend on what media and TV says. Dahil kung papansinin mo, wala sialng ginawa kundi siraan ang mga Marcos. Pero pag mga aquino, parang santo at bayani kung ituring nila si ninoy at cory. isama mo pa si kris na gusto laging napapansin sa TV. Kaya hindi mo ba napapansin, malaki ang utang ng loob ng mga aquino sa ABS CBN. its because during marcos regime, pinagbawalan sila makapagpahayag ng balita. And when Cory became the president, ABS CBN owner, the lopez family, owed so much to the aquinos. kaya ngayon control na nila ang balita at control na nila ang mga tao sa paligid nila. kaya kung itreat nila ang mga aquinos talagang pinupuri nila ito. I know what her (kris aquino) plan for 2016 . gusto nyang tumakbo in a gov’t position. kaya kinukuha nya ang loob ng mga tao. Wag tatong magpauto. Ngayong gobyernong ito i don’t see changes. marami paring mahihirap, marami paring walang trabaho, hindi nakakapagaral, madaming mga krimen. Ang gobyerni natin ngayon, they’re just using us. They want us to elect them in their respective gov’t seats. Buti pa nung Marcos Era, hindi ganito ang Pilipinas. Ang hirap kasi sa atin hindi natin inaalam yung katotohanan kaya itong nangyayari sa bansa natin, paulit ulit at paulit ulit mangyayari. Sayang!

  2. OMG! This writer already forgot the irreparable damage Marcos caused his country. The Philippines was the 2nd weathiest country in Asia (after Japan) before he came to power. After he left it became the 2nd poorest country in Asia. Not to mention the number of people that were jailed and killed during his reigh in power. People with short memory like the author of this article is why the Philippines is in the sorry state it is. People like you Mr. Horario and many more Filipinos who tolerates corruption is the reason why politicians get away with plunder because you turn a blind eye to what is the truth. Open your eyes to the real truth and see if you still have any trace of moral values left in you.