The 1986 Philippines Elections

Ferdinand Marcos was president of the Philippines since 1965.The 1986 elections showed that he was not going to rule forever. He was a close US ally from the Johnson to Reagan administrations. The reason was that he was supported by America was that he was  anti-communist. The United States had for a long period of time had imperial influence on this island nation of Asia. His fall came in 1986 with the presidential elections. Once he removed martial law in 1981 his power gradually began to decline.The US news report reveals that election became the issue of President Marcos himself. The report makes the mistake of saying “Filipinos were the staunchest democratic people anywhere.” The Asian country has struggled with periods of authoritarianism and President Marcos received vast aid from the US.  The United States was no longer willing to support him as the Cold War was coming to a close. The People’s Army was active, including a number of Islamist groups. President Marcos used this as a justification for repression. His abuses were widespread, but the following administration was unable to alleviate poverty, corruption, and armed  insurgency. Corazon Aquino, who would serve as president from 1986 to 1992 campaigned on a policy of human rights and market reforms. She had ambition to change the nation for the better , but this did not translate into workable policies. There were some successes such as shutting down US military  bases,  land reform legislation,  and modest economic growth. The Philippines still remained in a state of economic and political tumult. The Marcos era left damage that can seen even today. There was tension between the US and the Philippines in the late 1980s  to 1990s. Currently, the issue of military bases  has caused a deterioration between the two countries.


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