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September 28, 1989, President Marcos Died in Honolulu, Hawaii

On September 28, 1989, President Ferdinand Marcos, 10th president of the Philippines and the longest president to stay in office, died at the age of 72 of kidney, heart and lung ailments in Honolulu, Hawaii. He was interred in a private mausoleum at Byodo-In Temple on the island of Oahu, visited daily by the Marcos family, political allies and friends.

Ousted President Marcos and Imelda Marcos in exile at the backyard of their villa overlooking Honolulu, Hawaii on March 1988. Diagnosed with systemic lupus erythematosus, he had several surgeries for kidney dialysis a year after this photo was taken. Marcos died on September 28 of the same year, due to heart, kidney and lung failure. Photo by Gamblin Yann. (

Marcos died at 12:40 a.m. (6:40 a.m. EDT), said Eugene Tiwanak, spokesman at St. Francis Medical Center, where Marcos had been hospitalized nearly 10 months with kidney, lung and heart ailments, pneumonia and bacterial infections.

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At 1:17 a.m., Marcos’ son, Ferdinand Jr., emerged from the hospital room and announced his father had been taken to “a higher place.”

“Hopefully friends and detractors alike will look beyond the man to see what he stood for _ his vision, his compassion and his total love of country,” the younger Marcos said. He said no funeral arrangements have been made. 

“Father’s not here anymore. He’s gone,” Marcos’ widow, Imelda, told about two dozen supporters outside the hospital room, said family spokesman Roger Peyuan.

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His remains was interred inside a refrigerated crypt in Ilocos Norte until November 18, 2016 when he was buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani in Taguig, Metro Manila.

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On February 21, 1986, at around 9:00 p.m., at the height of what is now known as the People Power revolt, the Marcos family was transported to safety by four Sikorsky HH-3E helicopters to Clark Air Base in Angeles City, Pampanga, about 83 kilometers north of Manila, before boarding US Air Force C-130 planes bound for Andersen Air Force Base in Guam, and finally to Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii where the Marcoses arrived on February 26, 1986.

Marcos would remain in Hawaii until his death in 1989.


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