He liked long speeches. Many people questioned whether he still had capacity to govern due to his grave illness and the ballooning political unrest. 5 billion in bilateral military and economic aid to the Marcos regime and about $5.
He was a lawyer member of the Philippine House of Representatives (1949–1959) and a member of the Philippine Senate (1959–1965). It was later discovered that during his 20 years in power he and his wife Imelda Marcos had moved billions of dollars of embezzled public funds to accounts and investments in the United States Switzerland and other countries. He was Senate President from 1963–1965.