When asked to describe the nature of the corruption, Bautista remarks: "It was really total control of the economy." He then shakes his head. "It was excess to the max, it was too much." These excesses of wealth and power eventually toppled the Marcoses in 1986 when the bloodless "People Power Revolution" erupted over four days in February. Realising that Marcos was finished politically, the US government withdrew its support and the family was forced to dramatically flee the country on Feburary 25, 1986 - first by helicopter out of Malacañang Palace and then on a jet provided by the US government.