He died of a heart attack on April 15, 1948, while he was visiting
Clark Air Base in Pampanga.
He had a very pro-American policy. He had no choice because the United
States was the only country which could help us with the terrible problems then.
The Americans agreed to help the Filipinos. But there were strings attached to the
American aid. The Filipinos agreed to ratify the Parity Amendment to the 1935
constitution. This was approved on March 11, 1947.
He used the national language in passports, stamps, traffic signs, and typhoon
He changed the Philippine Independence day from July 4th to June 12th.
He claimed North Borneo as the pert of Philippine Teritory.
Asked Congress to pass the first land reform law in 1963.
He promised, “This nation can be great again.”
Filipinos went to the Vietnam War as engineers and medical helpers. Manila
hosted the international summit meeting of heads of seven democratic nations
in October 1966.
Pope Paul VI become the first pope to visit the Philippines in November 1970.
Democracy died in our country from 1972 to 1986. (September 21, 1972)
On September 23, 1972, President Marcos dramatically announced: “My countrymen, as
of the 21st of September, I signed Proclamation No. 1081 placing the entire Philippines
under martial law.”
Under the Martial law, the Philippines government
was changed by President Marcos. These were
changed by President Marcos. These were the changes
during the martial law era:
• A new constitution;
• Death of democracy;
• Reorganization of government;
• Control by the Marcos family and cronies; and
• Stronger military power.