Top 10 Best Philippine Presidents

The Top Ten
1 Ferdinand Marcos (10th President)

Ferdinand Marcos, the Philippine Strongman, presided over a time when our economy, although no longer the second richest in Asia, was very progressive due to numerous infrastructural developments in the Philippines.

It was deemed necessary for him to declare martial law to prevent the Philippines from becoming communist and to instill discipline among Filipinos.

In 1986, the Philippines' downfall began. It became impoverished, thanks to a housewife with no political experience assuming the role of Filipino president. Now, Benigno Aquino is the president of the Philippines, and we must wait to see his competence.

Marcos should be recognized as the greatest president in Philippine history.

Ferdinand Marcos is the best, smartest, most disciplined, tough, and true Filipino president of all time! He implemented martial law out of love for democracy and his beloved country. The Philippines was starting to spiral out of control due to the influence and infiltration of communism into our nation. The only way to restore discipline and implement his plans was through martial law. He acted like a father who disciplines his child, not out of abuse but out of love and a desire for the child to grow up successfully. If he hadn't implemented martial law, we would likely have ranked #2 in Asia at that time, with one of the best economies, a strong military, and lacking the infrastructure improvements we have today. We might have become a communist country, and worst of all, the United States might have attempted to invade us again. He wanted us to stand on our own and not be a puppet to the US. Mabuhay, APO!

2 Ramon Magsaysay (7th President)

The legit greatest president of the Philippines, not the Marcos one. Filipinos loyal to either Marcos or Aquino can't accept this.

A war hero. During his time, it was the Philippines' Golden years. Trade and Industry flourished. His regime was the cleanest and was almost corruption-free. There was no favoritism, and no one was above the 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 Malacañang Palace just to hear their concerns and problems. He is the Champion of the Masses. If only he were still alive, our country would be better. Besides, he implemented a lot of laws like the Magna Carta and others (Republic Acts).

3 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.

Without a doubt, one of the top five best. He has done more for honesty and integrity in public service, performance relative to resources, challenges, and time in office, and overall leadership effectiveness. His legacies include honest governance, economic recovery after the failed Arroyo administration and plunder, leading and healing the nation after great natural (Yolanda) and man-made tragedies (Zamboanga siege), rebuilding a credible armed forces, and landmark initiatives in bringing inclusive and lasting peace to Mindanao. His overall structural legacies in good governance are notable.

He left a robust economy, invested in infrastructure, and strengthened the police and military forces. The poverty rate declined. Companies enjoyed zero strikes by labor unions, and Filipinos figured in a survey as among the happier workers in the world.

He was the son of two contemporary heroes who liberated the country from a dictator.

He appointed competent and morally courageous women in government. His cabinet members were technocrats and statesmen.

4 Rodrigo Duterte (16th President) Rodrigo "Rody" Roa Duterte, also known by the nickname Digong, is a Filipino lawyer and politician of Visayan descent who served as President of The Philippines from 2016 until 2022.

In a short period of time, he has accomplished many good things. This includes building more express highways, bridges, cleaning up drug-related issues, improving rivers and the bay, providing free education, increasing salaries, offering senior allowances, addressing Manila's traffic congestion, establishing mini hospitals in provinces, and more. It would be a grave mistake not to recognize his achievements and to overlook his efforts to make the Philippines a better place to live with an improved quality of life for its people. He is a man of action, and a man of action, to him, is someone who takes initiative and gets things done. He is actively involved in the work himself. President Duterte is dedicated and down-to-earth, making him a one-of-a-kind leader that is hard to come by. I offer my full support to you, Mr. President Rodrigo Duterte. May you receive more power from the Lord and enjoy excellent health, allowing you to serve the Philippines for a longer period. I pray for more wisdom for you to lead the country and for your protection as well. God bless you more, and God bless the Philippines!

5 Manuel L. Quezon (2nd President)

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

He was the only Filipino (though not in blood) who made an effort to promote his own language.

He was the Hero of the Jewish Refugees during the age of World War II. A Father of the Philippine National Language.

6 Sergio Osmeña (4th President)

He established our independence from the USA economically.

7 Manuel Roxas (5th President)

Manuel Roxas is the best president.

8 Fidel V. Ramos (12th President)

Let me remind you that it was under his leadership that we became one of Asia's Tiger Economies. 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.

He was better than his successor. He had an extensive post-presidency.

There were no scandals. No brownouts.

9 Diosdado Macapagal (9th President)

He was well-focused when it came to agriculture. His program really helped farmers. Being a less fortunate person, he studied hard, and who would guess that a less fortunate person could become the president of a country.

He was reform-minded. He focused on agriculture.

He initiated many reforms.

10 Jose P. Laurel (3rd President)

The best president in his time! He made an agreement with the Japanese to avoid further bloodshed. The Japanese were supposed to liberate us from U.S. colonialism. But those cowards (U.S.A) dropped the nuke on civilians, which is inhumane and evil.

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 demonstrated even greater courage to fight and quell 21 coup attempts and military power grabs by Enrile, Honasan, 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.

Her transitional presidency paved the way for a new system in the Philippines, preferred by all. However, handling and bungling it was not her doing. She set the example of leaving office when her time was up, not attempting to perpetuate herself in power.

Her transition leadership prevented a civil war that countries like Iraq, Lebanon, and Syria experienced.

12 Andres Bonifacio (1st President [Unofficial])

Setting our country free from Spain is more than any reforms and programs of our presidents because he had the will to abolish forced labor, torture, sufferings, and 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 that 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 out of votes during the presidency election against Aguinaldo. When Aguinaldo realized that he was going to be a threat, he had Bonifacio and his brother, Procopio, killed.

13 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 second female president, and the daughter of former President Diosdado Macapagal.

She averaged a 4.5% quarterly growth, which was greater than that of three of her predecessors. The Philippine economy grew at its fastest pace with a 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.

The media needed a scapegoat and needed to point their camera of blame at her. What she's done for the country was very much downplayed, and the controversies were blown out of proportion. The 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.

14 Carlos P. Garcia (8th President)

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

Oh, what could have been? It seemed like Garcia had a vision for a more domestically 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.

15 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 Spain in the latter part of the Philippine Revolution, the Spanish–American War, and finally... read more

He was a young patriot who helped build our so-called Philippine Republic, gave us the identity of a "Filipino," not as an Indio. He designed the flag, proposed our national anthem, and led our army. He and his compatriots fought during the revolution, which resulted in many victories in major battles, leaving us a legacy that cannot be broken. Despite his outstanding contributions to the nation, he was called a traitor by others, including historians who envied his accomplishments. Always in a cycle, he was blamed for the deaths of Bonifacio and Luna, who had never been eager enough to learn and understand his story and struggles during those chaotic times. He sacrificed his wealth, youth, time, talents, sweat, and blood, even his name, so that our generations and the next may be able to enjoy ourselves on our own land owned by our race.

People forget that the mistakes he made were 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. He gave us independence, the first Asian constitutional republic, and was 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.

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

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

He did well in his three years in office. He was also good as Mayor of Manila from 2013 to 2019.

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

17 Elpidio Quirino (6th President)

For me, he's the best president the Philippines has ever had, next to Bonifacio (If only Aguinaldo hadn't killed him).

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

18 Bong Bong Marcos (17th President)

He is the son of the Philippine president/dictator Ferdinand Marcos. He improved the military rank of the Philippines from 52 to 32. He has taken the first step towards Federalism and saved the alliance with the USA.

It was about time for the students to return to school so that they could do face-to-face classes. He's not bad, but neutral, since what I don't like about him is that he traveled around the world.

19 Miguel Malvar (2nd/3rd President [Unofficial])
20 Macario Sakay (2nd President [Unofficial])
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