Ferdinand Marcos

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Hiroo Onoda. College student Norio Suzuki, went to Japan and found Major Taniguchi, who was retired from military service and working in a book store. Suzuki took Taniguchi to the island and led him into the jungle, straight to Onoda. Taniguchi told Onoda that Japan lost the war, and ordered him to give up his weapons and surrender to the Filipinos.

No Surrender

Japan engaged in many guerrilla tactics during World War II, sending groups of soldiers deep into remote island locations where they could harass Allied forces. And when the war ended in the 1945, not all of them came out of their hiding spots.

His home was a dense area of rainforest and he lived on the wild coconuts that grew in abundance. His principal enemy was the army of mosquitoes that arrived with each new shower of rain. But for Hiroo Onoda, there was another enemy, one that remained elusive. Unaware that the Second World War had ended 29 years earlier, he was still fighting a lonely guerrilla war in the jungles of the Philippines.

Imagine having to stay in a jungle in enemy territory during the biggest war in human history and your mission is to sabotage their operations. Tough enough? Now imagine also being ordered not to surrender or kill yourself even if you are about to be captured. Now that narrows your odds a lot more, doesn’t it?

Here comes another twist: what if your country loses or surrenders and you are still behind enemy lines?

It was August 9, 1945. An atomic bomb was detonated by the USA over Nagasaki, 3 days after one was dropped over Hiroshima. Two cities & millions of lives reduced to rubble. Japan surrendered a week later, on August 15. World War II had ended.

Hiroo and three others were the only Japanese soldiers left on Lubang Island who hadn’t died or surrendered. They found a leaflet in October saying:

“The war ended on August 15. Come down from the mountains!”

But Hiroo and his companions thought it was propaganda by the allies and continued fighting using guerrilla tactics.

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“They?went into my closets looking for skeletons, but thank God, all they found were shoes, beautiful shoes.”

-Imelda Marcos

The Marcos Regime is primarily known for its brutality and corruption. However, Imelda Marcos is known notoriously for her love of material things and most infamously shoes.

Imelda Marcos, in full Imelda Romu?ldez Marcos, n?e Imelda Remedios Visitacion Romu?ldez (born July 2, 1929, Manila, Philippines) public figure in the Philippines who wielded great power during the 20-year rule of her husband, Pres. Ferdinand Marcos. She remains one of the richest politicians in the Philippines through her collection of clothing, artwork, and jewellry, along with money in offshore bank accounts under the pseudonym “Jane Ryan”. As a result, she has been called a kleptocrat by her critics who accuse her of plunder.

The harsh rule of?Ferdinand?Marcos?and the Marcos regime led to much of the poverty in the?Philippines?and suffering. Yet, Imelda and the presidential?family?hardly suffered. They lived a lavish,?ostentatious,?glamorous, royal?lifestyle?at the expense of their people. Draining most of the funds from the Philippine?government,?Imelda?Marcos purchased extravagantly. Imelda travelled to New York and other?destinations?to buy fashions, high-end jewellery and other luxury items. She visited all of the major palaces and cities of mankind and purchased items left and right. Imelda bought the world’s biggest diamond in 1983. She bought a Michelangelo piece?for three and a half million dollars. In addition, she bought a 26 story?skyscraper?in Manhattan.

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