Was Ferdinand Marcos’ Father a Japanese Collaborator?

Opponents of the Aquino often pointed out that during the Second World War, the older Benigno collaborated with the Japanese occupier. Indeed, he was the Director General of the KALIBAPI (Kapisanan ng Paglilingkod sa Bagong Pilipinas), a fascist movement intending to be the Filipino version of Japan’s Imperial Rule Assistance Association. By the end of the war, and when the Japanese regime fell, Benigno Aquino Sr. Was flown back to the Philippines, to be tried for treason, and he died due to heart attack in 1947. Often times, there were memes floating online mistaking him for the MAKAPILI Benigno Ramos, while loyalist of the Marcos clan often present Ferdinand Marcos as a war hero. As what the online memes presented, the older Benigno betrayed the Philippines to the Japanese, and the future president Ferdinand was in the heat of the action, leading his band of guerillas in an assault against the invaders. In fact, he got war decorations to prove it.

Eventually, it was proven through thorough research that the Ferdinand Marcos’ claims were false.

We can’t deny that Benigno Sr. was a KALIBAPI Director-General, but the various claims of Marcos’s war achievements were questionable. His war exploits, his guerilla unit and the medal hauls were all fabrications. Going back to the Japanese invasion, he did fight in the U.S. side, and taken as a prisoner. Record showed that he was one of those who were released, but John Sharkey of Washington Post believed that his release was due to the Marcoses’ connections with the Japanese. As back then, Ferdinand’s father Mariano had closed ties with the invaders.

Who was Mariano Marcos
A picture of Mariano.

In his hometown, Ilocos Norte, Mariano Marcos was honored in various ways. A university was named after him, like the Mariano Marcos State University while a town also bears his name. To begin with, Marian Marcos was the father of the former president Ferdinand Marcos. Born in April 21, 1897 in Batac, he was a lawyer, an educato

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