Top 10 Best Philippine Presidents

The Top Ten
1 Ferdinand Marcos (10th President)

His leadership will always be remembered. The blooming Philippine economy was spearheaded by this strong man with the help of the his loving wife who not only a first lady but contributing to what is good for the country. Now His son is the president may he guide him to make the Philippines great again.

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 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!

in my point of view, FEM was the best president of the Philippines because in his time all the products they sell are all cheap, my mom told me that their bread was only 1 peso and it was worth buying because she said she can't even finish it because of its size, and for those who say they are victims of martial law? oh please cut the crap. there was martial law because the Japanese will take over us, and our country and if it wasn't for Marcos doing martial law then there would be no Philippines now.

2 Ramon Magsaysay (7th President)

Why Ramon Magsaysay? Because he is the best than any other presidents. And recognizing his term Golden Years. Honest man and if he didn't die, he could have made Philippines Better

Ramon Magsaysay's administration was one of the cleanest administrations the Philippines had. If only he had not died a few years into his presidency, he could have made the Philippines better.

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.

For me he's the only Filipino president that I only admire the most because he actually served his fellow citizens not to be treated like a monarch king.

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.

Upon researching the projects that has been implemented by Pnoy, I could say that he is definitely genius particularly on the public-private partnership because instead of borrowing money from other country where it could lead us to debt, he thinks of a better idea. He also enriches the tourism in the Philippines.

During his tern, the Philippines is being referred as the Rising Tiger of Asia as his administration focuses primarily on the economic sphere in the country.

Base on my thought's he is best president in terms on economic solution and also they provide funds to plan & build the infrastructure, for me the success of President Digong in terms of infrastructure is President Aquino III because they continue what the plan started of this man. Thanks

Without doubt one of the five best.
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: honest governance, economic recovery after the failed Arroyo administration and plunder, leading and healing of nation after great natural (Yolanda) and man made tragedies (Zamboanga siege), re-building of a credible armed forces, landmark initiatives in bringing inclusive and lasting peace to Mindanao. Overall structural legacies in good governance.

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.

History will judge him as the greatest president of the Philippines. He has strong political will, his compassion and service to the Filipino people during his term was overwhelming. I love when he ordered rehabilitation of Boracay beach , unpopular decision to some but he displayed his love for the environment. Most Filipinos supported him when he focused on fighting the illegal drugs because he does not want a dysfunctional family in the community. Of course his legacy on Build Build Build is excellent! Long overdue, but only Duterte realized it, many infrastructure has been completed during his term. He is simply Tatay Digong to all OFW because he sees to it that they are protected at all cost,proven when reviewed the contract of all domestic helpers in Kuwait. His love for the country is so great that he managed to ship all the Canada's garbage that were sent to the Philippines because he does not like our country to be a dumping site, a month ve that is also followed by Malaysia ...more

Turned Davao City from murder capital to one of the safest cities in the Philippines. Ended reliance on the United States temporarily. Bangsamoro Basic Law. Federalism advocacy.

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 is prospective by many to be the best Philippine President ever in all angles. When it comes for the law implementations is very effective for the Peace and Order, Infrastructure, Agriculture, Economy, Education and many more to come based on his track records as City Mayor of Davao City from the past 22 years. He's strong leadership is the best assets that turns unity for the peoples in the Philippines.

He turned Davao City from the "murder capital of the Philippines" to what tourism organizations now describe as "the most peaceful city in southeast Asia," and what numbeo.com ranks as the world's fourth safest place.

5 Manuel L. Quezon (2nd President)

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.

*Sigh* We would have been better without independence, our country knows nothing about running a country. You happy now? We were run like hell in the past century...We suffered, not you.

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

6 Sergio Osmeña (4th President)

Established our independence from the USA economically.

7 Manuel Roxas (5th President)

Manuel Roxas is the best president.

He is so not great

8 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.

Was better than his successor. Had an extensive post-presidency.

No scandals. No brownouts.

Managed the economy well

9 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.

Reform minded. Focused on agriculture.

Initiated many reforms.

10 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.

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

The Contenders
11 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.

12 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.

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...

All she ever did was nothing. Democracy was already established in Philippines. I've wondered how she got the icon of Democracy. Fueled by her greed!

If it wasn't for this degenerate, Philippines would have still been great. She didn't run for the country, she ran for revenge.

13 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.

14 Carlos P. Garcia (8th President)

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.

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.

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 against the United States during the Philippine–American War.

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.

Probobly one of the most misunderstood people in the Philippine History. We cannot expect his government to be the best since under his term the Philippine Republic was created for the first time in the history during 1899 despite it was born during war times.

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

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

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 did well in his 3 years in office. He also was good as Mayor of Manila from 2013 to 2019.

He did 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 Philippines has ever had. Next to Bonifacio(If only Aguinaldo didn't kill him)

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

18 Bong Bong Marcos (17th President)
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