On September 21, 1972, thirty-seven years ago, former Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos signed Proclamation No. 1081 placing the entire country under Martial Law. The writ of habeas corpus was suspended; freedom of speech was suppressed; mass media was under very tight control; people who opposed or were critical of the Marcos regime, including political leaders, journalists, student and labor activists were arrested and imprisoned without court charges; people were tortured and summarily executed.
The declaration of Martial Law will remain one of the most infamous chapters in Philippine history. The excesses of the regime, its abuse of authority and human rights abuses led to the uprising of the Filipino people in what is now known worldwide as the 1986 People Power Revolution, a series of non-violent street demonstrations and protests which eventually toppled the Marcos dictatorship.
When you condone tyranny
you share in its corruption and lowliness.
-Benigno Aquino, Jr.