The Best Philippine Presidents

The Top Ten
1 Ferdinand Marcos (10th President)

The Philippine Strongman. In his time, our economy, though not anymore the 2nd richest country in Asia, was very progressive with the many infrastructural development in the Philippines.

It was necessary for him to declare martial law to prevent the Philippines from being communist and to discipline the Filipinos.

In 1986, the Philippines' downfall started. It became poor thanks to a housewife with no political experience being the Filipino president. Now, Benigno Aquino is the pres. Of the Philippines, wait for his incompetence!

Marcos shall be recognized as the Philippines' greatest president.

The Philippines met its downfall when we became buried with Marcos' debts. The consequences of his nasty reign as president came up after he was removed by the people in power.

The best, smartest, disciplined, tough, true filipino president of all time! He implemented martial law because it was out of love for democracy and his beloved country. Philippines was starting to get out of control due to the influence and penetration of the communism to the our country. The only way to restore discipline and put his plans into action was the martial law. He is like a father who spanks his child not because he's abusive but he loves that child and wants that child to grow up successful. If he didn't implemented martial law, we probably be # 2 in asia during that time has one of the best economy, best military might, don't have the infrastructures that we have, we might be a communist country and worse of all, UNITED STATES probably would try to invade us again! He wants us to stand on our own, not to be a puppet to the US. Mabuhat APO!

Some people say, the Filipinos need an authoritarian figure to lead us. That could be true. During Marcos' days, discipline was instilled, albeit forcefully. In terms of economic policies, he built IRRI and transformed the country into the number 1 rice producing country in Asia, maybe the world. His downfall was not his own doing, it was because of his wife and the people around him, including then Defense Minister Juan Ponce Enrile. Debates still abound of what Marcos truly represented for the Philippines. One thing is for certain, he stayed in power not only because of the military, but because he was cognizant of what the country truly need and what things needed to be done.

He really is a good president especially for the poor. He is a just and fair president. He does not tolerate acts of evil. Punishing all those murderers and rapists. Giving fair treatments for low profile citizens as well as taking care of their primary commodities. He does not allow over pricing so that all basic commodities can be affordable for the poor such as medicine and food. Regularity to work and he even controlled those rich people for panic buying so that the poor wont be left for nothing. So many infrastructures built. Made the Philippines look beautiful and peaceful.

2 Benigno Aquino III (15th President) Benigno Simeon "Noynoy" Cojuangco Aquino III (born February 8, 1960) is a Filipino politician who served as the 15th President of the Philippines from 2010 until 2016.

After the transitional stage of the Philippine Government probably he brings back the Philippines in the limelight. In his term Philippines reign as the Tiger of Asia in terms of economic growth, he also addresses the lack in Philippine Armed Forces' lacks (warships, Jet fighter, C-130, ), he added k-12 program in education system, brought many foreign investors and empowered local industries and businessmen that gave millions of job to Filipinos, set a lot of successful bidding in infrastructures and many more. Although there's no always a prefect administration. His administration stained by many anomalies and issues like Mamasapano, MRT problems. Those issues were usually done by his appointed members. Still the best in term of contributions.

Selective good governance... What good governance when he is the only president convicted by the Supreme Court as committing an unconstitutional act... Water, power, transport, disaster relief, rising criminality, selective Justice, driver
Incense shortage, car plate shortage, passport shortage, no infrastructure, believes we can not win against milf, actually a bandit terrorist group, but thinks he can win a war w China?!.. His only ace was the financial set up of call center, bpo, it centers which GMA actually started, and he brags about numbers and figures... Numbers are just numbers... People living in the phl know how it is...

This feeble minded president has only 1 agenda ---revenge!. The history of Marcos and Aquino go a long way. But the major issue was when Marcos obliged the Cojuancos to distribute the Hacienda Luisita to its tenants/farmers in compliance with the agreement that they will be given a loan on the condition that after 10 years they will distribute the lands. This went all the way to the supreme court and the Cojuancos and Aquino cried foul. For this guy to look good he has to make his rivals look bad. That is why he constantly does demolition campaigns against anybody he is threatened with. I am so sick of the color yellow!

I think Mr. Aquino of all the President is the only honest President we had! His good intention of helping and providing good governance to the citizenry is being malogned by the people who has personal motivation of helping themselves of enriching their pockets... Since Mr. aquino is running after this old corrup politician whose been in power for ages! The only way to stop Mr. Aquino is to descredit him.. He can't do it alone.. He needs help fromall of us Pilipinos.. We have to support him al the way. Believed in him... Not those people whose been involved in all these scandalous corruption in the Government..

3 Rodrigo Duterte (16th President) Rodrigo "Rody" Roa Duterte, also known by the nickname Digong, is a Filipino lawyer and politician of Visayan descent who is the President-elect of the Philippines after topping the official Congressional canvass for the 2016 election.

President Rodrigo Duterte is nothing but a dictator. He is even worse than Joseph Estrada, he's vile, evil and executes innocent civilians because they were taking drugs. He is selling the country for the sake of China's interests. I hate him with a passion, the longer he stays in office, it will show how much China will have control over us. He is a sellout. He threatened to censor journalists for countering his views and perspectives. I don't like him with a passion.

In short period of time, he done many good things. Buildings, more express highways, bridges, cleaning drugs, rivers, bay, free education, better salaries, senior allowances, Manila traffic jam, mini hospitals to provinces and more... it will be a big stupidity not recognizing his achievements and ignoring to appreciate his efforts to make Philippines a better place to live and a better life to his people. He is a man of action. A man of action to him is someone that doing it. And he is out there himself doing the work. He is dedicated and down to earth president. He is one of kind President. He is a president that hard to come by. My 100 % support to you, Mr President Rodrigo Duterte. More power from the Lord. More excellent long health so you can serve Philippines longer. Praying for more wisdom for you to lead The country. Praying for your protection as well. God bless you more and God bless Philippines!

He should be 1st because he is the only president who focuses on all big problems in this country one at a time and sometimes simultaneously like being friends with Russia and China and balance the foreign policy of the country so america wont get special treatment and also constructing large infrastructures on other places outside the capital, he also gets a lot of investments from countries like china, japan and russia and also some debts that is going to fund the agriculture department. He is also one of the only presidents who gave REAL CHANGES to the country the other president who gave this country change was Ferdinand Marcos.

The toughest, fearless & most intelligent President in the Philippines. Quickest decision maker & best political strategist. Drives illegal drug traders crazy & made drug lords spent their last Christmases before killing them. Cleaned the streets from methampetamine which was sold like hot cakes before his time. Pursued & jailed corrupt officials, tax evaders & drug protectors with the like of Senator Leila de Lima, Rappler CEO Maria Ressa, Golden Donuts, Inc. and many more. His "war on drugs" and Build, Build, Build projects will make Philippines great again. #ISupportPresidentDu30

4 Ramon Magsaysay (7th President)

A war hero. During his time, it was the Philippine's Golden years. Trade and Industry flourished. His regime was the cleanest and was almost corruption free. No favoritism and No one is above law during his time. There was peace and order, he was an expert in counter insurgency. Also, he was successful against the rebels. He gave land to the landless.

He is one honest, hardworking, and selfless leader. He solved a lot of problems that our country faced. He is like a father to us. He allowed people to enter the Malacañand Palace just to hear their concerns and problems. He is the Champion of Masses. If only he were still alive, our country would be better. Besides, he implemented a lot of laws like the Magna Carta and etc. (Republic Acts).

For me he is the best
(My opinion)
Because:
he declare the Presidential Assistant on Community Development(PACD)That gives the farmer a better help.
he also agree to the Bell Trade Act even if this agreement is still not fair for the filipinos,but he also did that for the philippines he agreed at Bell Trade Act for the americans to give us money for rehabilitating the phillipines(PHILIPPINE REHABILITATION ACT)

Little to zero corruption rate and we had the best military in all of southeast asia and the agrian reform for the poor was the best.
“I believe that he who has less in life should have more in law.”
-- Ramon Magsaysay
Our democracy will die without magsaysay
The true champion of the masses
he opened up the malacanang to common people

5 Manuel L. Quezon (2nd President)

One of the worst to be exact when the empire invaded the Philippines during 1940's he fled out of country leaving the nation under Japanese rule. Never even contributed during the 1896 revolution against Spain. surrendered automatically during the war against the U.S. on 1899. some even call him a hero...seriously people?

He may be the worst... Everybody wants to go to the US for political financial and system change... If he did not intervene with what majority of the filipinos wanted instead wanted the politicians to touch their own pork barrels at that time, the US would have charted a better cpurse for our cpuntry

True nationalist who loves the Philippines. There's a reason why they call the american occupation as 40 years in Hollywood. It's because of him and Sergio, two of most prolific politicians of Philippine history.

I would rather have a country run like hell by Filipinos than a country run like heavens by the Americans, because however a bad Filipino government might be, we can always change it.

6 Emilio Aguinaldo (1st President) Emilio F. Aguinaldo (March 22, 1869 – February 6, 1964) was a Filipino revolutionary, politician, and a military leader who is officially recognized as the first and the youngest President of the Philippines and first president of a constitutional republic in Asia. He led Philippine forces first against ...read more.

He was a young patriot who help built our so called Philippine Republic gave us the identity of a "Filipino" not as Indio, design the flag, propose our national athem, our army. He & his compatriots fought during the revolution that gave us many victories in major battles...leaving us a legacy that cannot be broken. Despites his outstanding contribution for the nation, we was called a traitor by others even historians who envyed his accomplishment~ always in cycle he was blamed for the death of Bonifacio & Luna (whom had never been eager enough to learn & understand his story and struggles during those chaotic time). He sacrifice his wealth, youth, time, talents, sweat & blood even his name. So that our generations and the next may able to enjoy ourselves on our own land owned by our race.

For those who didn't know, Emilio Aguinaldo killed Andres Bonifacio. And for what reason? Because Emilio Aguinaldo was threatened by Bonifacio's popularity. More so, Aguinaldo sabotaged Bonifacio's plan of a revolution. Aguinaldo promised to help Bonifacio in an arm struggle, but Aguinaldo's troop never came. Plus, did you guys not learn in history class that Aguinaldo is corrupt? He used the country's money to buy himself MIRRORS and HANDKERCHIEFS. (Yes, he was vain) More so, please don't forget that Aguinaldo betrayed us and gave us to the Americans.

People forget the mistakes he made was due to the fact he was only 29 years old. He did not want Bonifacio killed but the elite democracy voted for him to make the order. There also is no proof of his scheming to have Luna assassinated as well. He gave us independence, the first Asian constitutional republic, and the first to declare war against a foreign power during the Philippine-American War. Not to mention, he was intelligent and a great military leader.

He may not be prefect being a young president but the legacy he built ~ the birth of the Republic of the Philippines.

Despite he was ridicule by modern day uneducated Filipinos.

7 Sergio Osmeña (4th President)

Benigno heis not a good president eevveerr...

He's a very gentleman president. To know more about him. Why not read about the presidents in malacanang.gov.ph

8 Manuel Roxas (5th President)

Manuel Roxas is the best president.

He is so not great

O,I forgot.In the opposite!

9 Jose P. Laurel (3rd President)

Best president in his time! He made agreement with the Japanese to avoid further bloodsheds. The Japanese were supposed to liberate us from U.S colonialism. But those cowards (U.S.A) dropped the nuke at civilians. Which is inhumane and evil.

Because he is good president for me

I don't know what to say to this dude.

Read history

10 Carlos P. Garcia (8th President)

It's about time to re-assess the Filipino first culture, a distinct and self-progressive country. We need to revive the FILIPINO FIRST POLICY. In that way, Filipinos can control the economic growth and not influenced by other nationalities and also not to benefit a few Filipinos.

A patriot and has real love for Filipino culture. Dubbed as the Prince of Visayan Poetry. A bar exam topnotcher but chose to use his brilliance to teach the youth by becoming a high school teacher in Bohol. Climbed his way to presidency. He was not from a political clan.

Oh what could have been? It seemed like Garcia had a vision for a more domestic sufficient country. A far cry from the current state of the republic.

The first ever President who thought of Filipinos well being first... Thus, the " Filipino-First" policy

The Contenders
11 Corazon Aquino (11th President) Maria Corazon "Cory" Sumulong Aquino, popularly known as Cory Aquino, was a Filipina politician who was the 11th President of the Philippines, the first woman to hold that office and the first female president in Asia.

Her greatest legacy is completing the unfinished struggle for the return of freedom and democracy to our nation and ending the rapacious plunder and economic disaster brought by Marcos, his cronies and corrupt generals. Cory took great personal risks and even greater courage to fight and quell 21 coup attempts and military power grabs by Enrile, Honassan and their cronies. Posterity and our nation will forever be indebted to her for leading us back to constitutional democracy and bequeathing to Ramos the foundation and promise of a robust democratic society.

I voted only to argue about this, corazon is overall the worst president freed the members of the communist party to further sabotage the economy closed down marcos's powerplant so people won't remember him destroyed the economy for during marcos time 1 peso = 1 dollar and many more reasons the balance whether she is a good president or bad is not slowly but fast turning to the bad side

Her transitional presidency paved the way for a new system in the phl preferred by all.. But handling and bungling it is not hers.. She set the example of leaving the office when time is up... Not attempt to perpetuate herself into power...

She established friendly ties w China... Get real... We can not win over China...Marcos knows it too... Even the U.S. will not go to war for the phl over China... We can benefit from China through negotiations... Not confrontations...

12 Andres Bonifacio (1st President [unofficial])

Setting our country free from the Spain is more than any reforms and programs of our presidents because he has the will to abolish force labor, torture, sufferings, colonial rule, etc, but was killed by Aguinaldo and his men. Aguinaldo deserves to be the vice president

Andres Bonifacio had a government (Katipunan) even before the Tejeros Convention. The reason he lost in the Tejeros Convention was it was held in Cavite where Aguinaldo lives. Inspired by Rizal, he then inspired many other Filipinos to start an uprising and start the 1896 Philippine Revolution.

He was the real deal. He was cheated on by votes during the election of presidency between Aguinaldo. When Aguinaldo knew that he was going to be a threat to him. Aguinaldo killed him and his brother, Procopio

He must be considered the first President. Aguinaldo is a traitor and the head of Bonifacio's assassination and Luna's. Aguinaldo is a dictator.

13 Diosdado Macapagal (9th President)

He is well focused when it comes to agriculture, his program was really helped farmers. Because being less-fortunate person he studied hard and who guess that a less fortunate person can be a president of a country.

He's very humble and loves his country so much

Because of his simplicity

best president for trying to get sabah back.

14 Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (14th President) Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is a politician who served as the 14th President of the Philippines from 2001 until 2010, as the 10th Vice President of the Philippines from 1998 to 2001, and as member of the House of Representatives representing the 2nd District of Pampanga since 2010. She was the country's ...read more.

She averaged a 4.5% quarterly growth, which was greater than three of her predecessors. The Philippine economy grew at its fastest pace at 7% real GDP growth, and was one of the few economies in the world to avoid contraction during the 2008 Financial Crisis that crippled the US and most of Europe. Arroyo's handling of the economy earned praise from other world leaders, putting the country back in shape despite persistent poverty, a high population growth rate, and uneven income distribution.

Media needed a scapegoat and needed to point their camera of blame to her. What she's done for the country was very much downplayed and the controversies blown out of proportion. Media just makes negative thinkers/positive thinkers out of the things they show/repeatedly say to people. They owe something to the Aquinos, that much is true. And GMA has snubbed their pettiness so she got bad coverage throughout her term.

The president that I idolize and got latch out by some ignorant opposition.. I consider her the best because she reach regions that is barely reach by others. She think in advance and got duped by her allies.. She has issues but every president does have issues.. I hope she passed the ZTE deal unlike the monopolize internet in our country with super expensive internet but so slow in providing services..

This economics genius was definitely one of the great presidents. Within the span of her term, she brought back the Philippines Economy into shape. She did even made the Peso as the best performing currency in the year 2007. Like Marcos, she also empowered the construction of several infrastructures. She deserves to be recognized.

15 Fidel V. Ramos (12th President)

Let me remind you that it was under his leadership wherein we became one of Asia's Tiger Economy. Plus, he was the first ever president who was able to have a surplus budget. Not the best, but certainly a good one, in my opinion.

Under Ramos the Chinese occupied the Spratly Islands...!

No scandals. No brownouts.

RAMOS was a better leader than Madam Cory...

16 Joseph "Erap" Ejercito Estrada (13th President)

He is also attached to the mass. He doesn't deserve the Edsa Does or People Power...only the Filipino people suffer after such

He was supposed to overhaul the peace and order of the country, mostly the Mindanao.

He did an all out war and captured most of the camps of rebel Muslims including Abubakar.

Best also like president Marcosthis two only have vision for progress andwords as a true leader

17 Elpidio Quirino (6th President)

He is the best President fit for those times of rebuildig a war torn country.

President Quirino is the rebuilder of a war torn nation.

For me, he's the best president Philippines has ever had. Next to Bonifacio(If only Aguinaldo didn't kill him)

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