Ferdinand Marcos (1917-1989) was the tenth president of the Philippines, ruling from 1965 to 1986. He ruled through force, imposing martial law in 1972 and setting up a new constitution that made him a virtual dictator. When his top political opponent Benigno Aquino was murdered, Marcos was suspected. He was eventually forced to flee with his wife Imelda Marcos to the United States and settled in Hawaii after he claimed victory in the 1986 election that was widely believed to have been fixed. It was estimated he escaped with a small fortune from his poverty stricken nation.
The New American Desk Encyclopedia, Penguin Group, 1989