Top 10 Political Prisoners of All Time

Benigno Aquino Jr.


In 1967, Benigno Aquino Jr. was elected in the Philippine Senate, and this was the commencement of his political attacks against the former President Ferdinand Marcos Sr. In 1972, when martial law was declared under the authoritarian rule of Marcos, he, together with other leaders who were in strong opposition under his regime were sent to prison. When he suffered a heart attack, his request was granted to go to America for his heart surgery. Three years later, while stepping off the plane in the Manila International Airport, he was assassinated, which ignited self-awakening to the millions of people in the Philippines that led to mass protests, and eventually the appointment of his wife, Corazon Aquino, as the first woman elected as President of the Philippines.