Mariano Marcos, was the father of the kicked-out former Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos.
Several schools and other structures in the Ilocos Region were named after him, three of these are Don Mariano Marcos Memorial Elementary School, Don Mariano Marcos Memorial Elementary School.
Roads and streets were named after him. Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City used to be called Don Mariano Marcos Highway.
You can see how honored he was especially during the time of his son Ferdinand Marcos as president, that you tend to overlook how disgraceful his death was. The former president most likely have done this to mask his father’s checkered past.
Who was Mariano Marcos?
Mariano Marcos y Rubio was a lawyer, politician and served as congressman from 1925 to 1931.
He was married to Josefa Edralin, a former schoolteacher.
Mariano’s other son Pacifico was a physician, while daughters Elizabeth followed his footsteps as politician, served as Ilocos Norte governor from 1971-1983, and Fortuna made a lot of money through logging business.
Collaboration with the Japanese Forces
Many politicians, businessmen and several affluent families are caught in the middle if there’s a foreign occupation. Most of them compromise and collaborate with the occupying forces to protect their interests, businesses and properties.
Mariano Marcos is one of those collaborators. His involvement were probably so severe that the way he was killed by indignant Filipino guerillas were so brutal that even Japanese soldiers couldn’t do to a war prisoner.
There are actually two different stories of how he was killed. “First version is he was executed by the Japanese” as told by no less than Ferdinand Marcos, who controlled the media during his regime.
The second version, is I believe more believable. Angry Filipino guerillas snatched Mariano Marcos as they did to other collaborators. They bound his arms to two carabaos, then let it ran in opposite directions. They hanged his body parts in different parts of the town.