The US Armed Forces, especially those who served in the Indo-Pacific region in the 70s, most likely encountered Ferdinand Marcos Sr., a fake war hero who’s also the 10th president of the Philippines from 1965 to 1986 as he ruled as an authoritarian dictator for 20 years.
Known to be a convicted corrupt president, he stole over US$10 billion from the Philippine government through ghost projects and cronies. He also suppressed democratic processes and killed over 3,257 people with over 35,000 torture victims and 70,000 incarcerations, mostly activists, political rivals, and opposition leaders.
He was quite the popular Philippine President with the United States back in the Cold War as the US government saw the importance of keeping close ties to the Philippines during the Vietnam War to try to control the spread of communism in Southeast Asia.
Prominent relationships existed between Marcos and Former US Presidents Nixon, Ford, Carter, and Reagan to maintain US bases in the Philippines, and at one point contributing US$50 million in military assistance, US$200 million for support assistance, and US$250 million for foreign military sales credits in 1979. It was determined that over US$1 billion worth of military assistance was sent to the Philippines from 1946 to 1981. This was done in response to the growing Soviet influence in Vietnam and the greater portion of Southeast Asia.