How Imelda Marcos, 90, is consolidating power in the Philippines

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Imelda Marcos on her 85th birthday in “The Kingmaker.” Photo credit: Lauren Greenfield

For two decades, Ferdinand Marcos ruled the Philippines. His regime was notorious for brutality and corruption. His wife, Imelda, was a symbol of that  corruption, with her 3000 pairs of shoes. She also befriended leaders across the world like Richard Nixon, Fidel Castro, Saddam Hussein and Mao Zedong. 

Finally, the people had enough. The Marcoses had stolen roughly $10 billion. There was a revolution. The Marcoses were forced into exile in the mid 1980s. Ferdinand Marcos died. But Imelda Marcos returned a few years later, and since then, has slowly been amassing power for her kids. The Marcoses have a friendly relationship with the current Filipino president, Rodrigo Duterte. 

Imelda Marcos is the subject of a new documentary called “The Kingmaker.”