The Philippines: From Despot to Exile

From Despot to Exile In death as in life, Ferdinand Marcos stirs his homeland

Fallen dictators age badly, even in Hawaii. Toward the end, Ferdinand Marcos, once overlord of the Philippines, had become a joke. He mumbled that he was living on charity, but visitors to his rented $2.5 million residence $ outside Honolulu saw the dozen servants, the 30 bodyguards and the chauffeured limousine. His wife Imelda was a regular at posh local shops and every now and then gave in to the temptation to show off her finery -- except for new shoes.

His eyes disappearing into puffy cheeks, a cervical collar ever at his neck, Marcos insisted he was too sick to...

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