Philippines Daily Express
The September 24, 1972, front page depicting Ferdinand Marcos' declaration of Martial Law the previous day
TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)Roberto Benedicto
FoundedMay 9, 1972; 52 years ago (1972-05-09)[1]
Political alignmentPro-Marcos
Ceased publicationMarch 13, 1987; 37 years ago (1987-03-13)
HeadquartersMetro Manila, Philippines

The Philippines Daily Express, commonly known as the Daily Express, was a daily newspaper in the Philippines.[2] It was better known for circulating propagandist news articles related to then-President Ferdinand Marcos during the time of his regime. Its Sunday edition was known as the Philippines Sunday Express.


It was founded on May 9, 1972,[3][1] by entrepreneur and Marcos crony Roberto Benedicto.[4][5] The newspaper was re-opened a few days after Marcos declared martial law, wherein most media and newspaper outlets who were critical against the latter were closed and taken over by the military.[6] Benedicto assigned Enrique Romualdez, a relative of first lady Imelda Marcos, as chief editor of the paper to ensure that it held the views of the regime.[citation needed]

After the EDSA People Power Revolution in 1986, which signaled the end of Marcos regime, most of the assets owned by Marcos's cronies were sequestered by the government under Aquino administration, including Daily Express.[citation needed] The newspaper ceased publication in 1987.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Orosa, Rosalinda (May 14, 2013). "Daily Express 41st reunion". The Philippine Star.
  2. ^ "Daily Express". National Library of the Philippines.
  3. ^ "Daily Express reunion on May 9". Manila Standard. April 22, 2015.
  4. ^ Ricardo., Manapat (1991). Some are smarter than others : the history of Marcos' crony capitalism. New York: Aletheia Publications. ISBN 9719128704. OCLC 28428684.
  5. ^ "The Fall of the Dictatorship". Official Gazette of the Republic of the Philippines. Retrieved September 21, 2021.
  6. ^ Generalao, Kate Pedroso, Minerva. "September 1972: Recalling the last days and hours of democracy". Retrieved May 31, 2018.((cite news)): CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)