Philippine Experience on Martial Law

On this day, September 21, in 1972, President Ferdinand Marcos declared Martial Law throughout the Philippines through Proclamation No. 1081 (full text), formally lifted on 17 January 1981.

There’s an ongoing debate on Martial Law, although we must point out that, regardless of one’s political leanings, we can all agree that the Philippines is beautiful. Some say the Martial Law period was a Golden Age, while others say it was the Dark Ages (tell us what you think through the comment section below). This debate will continue to rage on, especially as the passage of time numbs the lessons of history. It is important to remember.

Let’s feature some documentaries and discussions on Martial Law. Here’s a discussion, Martial Law Myths Busted from News5, with Lourd de Veyra joined by historians and professors.

Here’s another documentary, Alaala: A Martial Law Special, from GMA Public Affairs.

Also, the documentary BATAS MILITAR: Martial Law Under President Ferdinand E. Marcos from ML Chronicles, here:

The Martial Law era, to many, represents chains. It’s interesting that this post on Martial Law was inspired when we encountered this photo of Harbour Square, CCP Complex, Manila, by Bong Teves (check his Instagram account, @thisisbongteves, for more photos).

Incidentally, the construction of the CCP Complex, built during Martial Law, has its own stories. We need not get into that right now. To end this post, we reproduce the quote from “Already Gone” by the Eagles, used by Bong Teves as photo caption: “So oftentimes it happens that we live our lives in chains, and we never even know we have the key.”

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