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Today in History: Pres. Ferdinand Marcos placed the country under martial law

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Proclamation No. 1081 was the declaration of martial law in the Philippines by President Ferdinand E. Marcos. Once in effect, it covered the entire republic on September 21, 1972. It was announced to the public two days later.

Under the pretext of a staged assassination of his former Defense Minister Juan Ponce Enrile (now Senate President) and an ensuing communist insurgency, Marcos ruled by military power through martial law, altered the Constitution in the subsequent year, made himself both Head of State as President and Head of Government as Prime Minister, manipulated elections and the political arena in the Philippines, and had his political party–Kilusang Bagong Lipunan (KBL) (English: New Society Movement) control the unicameral legislative branch of government called the “Batasang Pambansa”. All these allowed Marcos to remain in power.

The proclamation was actually signed on September 17, but was postdated four days later on September 21 because of Marcos’ superstitions and numerology beliefs. Marcos formally announced the proclamation two days after at midnight on September 23, 1972 via live national television broadcast.

Martial law was lifted by President Marcos on January 17, 1981.  – Source:  wikipedia.org

Click here for Full Text of  Proclamation 1081

 OFWs Remember Martial Law

Arceli Lazaro

“i remember tahimik ang buhay nun,takot mga npa,rebelde.mura ang bilihin,maagang umuuwi mga tao di katulad ngayon pa morningan lage at di natutulog mga tao….noon mga rebelde hanggang bundok lang ngayon kahit saan nandun sila..noon tahimik kang nakakapaglakad sa kalsada ng di matatakot,ngayon di mo na alam kung anong mangyayari once you step outside your house and maybe on your own house..kakatakot di ba?opinion ko ito at karapatan ko kaya hwag magagalit ang hinde sang ayon…mas tahimik buhay noon kaysa ngayon…”

Romeo Carbonell

“bawal ang mahahabang buhok,di katulad ngayon pahabaan ng buhok ang lalakwe at babae,bihira ang bakla kasi takot mabagansya sa hating gabi,di binabalita ang laban sa gov.yung mga dapat hindi pinapakita sa news na brutal pinapakita na ngayon,walang madalas na holdapan at may ilaw ang kalsada noong martial law,ito ang aking naaalala noon higit sa lahat marespeto ang tao kesa ngayon,ngipin sa ngipin ang labanan..”

 

Cecilia L. Casanova

 

“I got scared then. But comparing then and now, I think we were better off during those years. You would not see the petty crimes we encounter nowadays. The youth were more disciplined.”