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The Epifanio de Los Santos Avenue (EDSA) in the Philippines was constructed under Ferdinand Marcos.

The EDSA project was completed in 1940 under President Manuel L. Quezon and not Ferdinand Marcos.

The EDSA project was completed in 1940 under President Manuel L. Quezon and not Ferdinand Marcos.Epifanio de Los Santos Avenue, referred to by its acronym EDSA is a circumferential highway that encircles Manila and its major districts. It is the longest and the most congested highway in the Manila metropolis and stretches for 23.8 km. The site has attracted a lot of commercial interest and is considered the most historic highway.

The EDSA People Power Revolution of 1986 that restored democracy in the Philippines is celebrated on 25 February every year. There is a lot of misinformation being spread around the event, which includes a long list of the tenth Philippino President Ferdinand Marcos’ supposed achievements. One such claim being circulated is that there was an economic boom during the regime of Marcos, and the EDSA project was completed during his period.

Commonwealth President Manuel L. Quezon envisioned the project, and the construction began in 1939. It got completed in 1940, shortly before the outbreak of World War II. The road was renamed Avenida 19 de Junio soon after the Philippines got independence in 1946. The avenue was renamed in 1959, by virtue of Republic Act No. 2140, after the famous historian and juror Epifanio de Los Santos Avenue.

We mark the claim as false as it can be well-established that the EDSA project was completed long before Marcos came to power.

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