Manolo Quezon is #TheExplainer Newsletter — The Marcos-Stonehill Mystery Issue

Harry S. Stonehill

This week’s The Long View

William Saunders, Harry S. Stonehill, and Ferdinand E. Marcos

In the blog entry below, I provide links to background readings on Harry S. Stonehill: his rise to fame and fortune, his sudden fall which triggered a political earthquake in the Philippines, his long exile and the litigation he launched against the U.S. government that has been continued by his estate decades after his death. Then, the story of Marcos and his fortune, including his using the pseudonym “William Saunders” — and how, as my column explored, there was an actual William Saunders who happened to be Stonehill’s lawyer — and the man who brought the Stonehill empire crashing down, implicating, along the way, Ferdinand Marcos himself.

“William Saunders” was Ferdinand E. Marcos

Ideas: The Fall of the Fifth Republic

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Manuel L. Quezon III

Manuel L. Quezon III


Columnist, Philippine Daily Inquirer. Editor-at-large Views strictly mine. I have a newsletter, blog, podcast, and Patreon.