Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Rise and Fall of a Dictator (10th President of the Philippines )

1965 - Ferdinand E. Marcos of the Nacionalista Party was elected President of the Philippines, defeating incumbent Diosdado Macapagal
Marcos taken 1983

1966 - U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson, seeking support for American involvement in South Vietnam, calls a summit meeting in Manila among his allies in Asia and the Pacific. The Marcos government responds by sending an engineering battalion to Vietnam despite popular clamor for non-involvement.

1967 - Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino, Jr. of the Liberal Party was elected Senator to a Congress dominated by Marcos's Nacionalista Party.

1968 - Jose Maria Sison, founder of the Kabataang Makabayan (KM), a militant student group, organizes the Communist Party of the Philippines. The CPP takes over the struggle from the old Partido Komunista ng Pilipinas (PKP), whose leaders were mostly in prison.

1969 - Marcos was elected President for a second term, defeating Sergio Osmena, Jr. The CPP joined forces with the PKP's military arm (Hukbong Mapagpalaya ng Bayan) led by Bernabe Buscayno (Kumander Dante); it became known as the New People's Army (NPA).

Iron Hands and Iron Butterfly
1970 - January, demonstrations against Marcos, perceived to be angling for a third term, culminated in the "First Quarter Storm." Militant students, farmers, and workers picketing MalacaƱang Palace were violently dispersed by military troopers. 

1971 - •Students barricade the University of the Philippines campus and establish the "Diliman Commune." • The Constitutional Convention convenes to replace the 1935 Constitution written during the American colonial period. • Two hand granades are thrown at the stage of Liberal Party rally at Plaza Miranda. Several LP stalwarts are injure, among them Jovito Salonga and Gerardo Roxas. President Marcos suspends the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus. • The Liberal Party win the majority of the Senate seats. Only two Marcos' party candidates are elected. 

TO BE CONT.......time na ako eh kainis

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