Watch: The Truth Behind Marcos Declaration of Martial Law That Media Tried to Hide (Video)
For people who claimed to be Martial Law victims and for millennials who only rely on history books and media, the late-president Ferdinand Marcos was a dictator and not a hero. Last Friday, November 25, thousands of them protested against his hero’s burial. We advise them to watch the video below of President Marcos’ speech on Martial Law that media tried to hide.
Speaking before the the National Press Club of America on September 17, 1982, President Marcos emphasized that he did not decide on Martial Law by himself only, contrary to what many Filipinos think. In his speech, he said that before he declared Martial Law, he first asked the legislation to pass the law because there was anarchy in the entire country.
President Marcos noted that the opposition was very strong that time, and that he invited them for a coalition and offered them cabinet positions, but they declined. He said he also asked the opinion of Supreme Court and Court of Appeals, as well as the business sector; and he said that all of them told him that he is the only one who can declare Martial Law.
Being also the Commander-in-chief at that time, President Marcos cited that the Constitution states that only the president can declare Martial Law. He added that he may order the Arm Forces of the Philippines to protect the welfare of the Filipino people. So on September 21, 1972, Marcos declared Martial Law via Proclamation No. 1081.
President Marcos said he strongly believed that it was then necessary to suspend writ of habeas corpus, thus placing the entire Philippines under Martial Law. That period, there were threats from the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), particularly from its armed wing, the New People’s Army (NPA); and the government is becoming impotent.
Based on official records, there were nineteen (19) bombings from March 15 to September 18, 1972 in Manila alone. During the Martial Law era, critics of the government (including Benigno ‘Ninoy’ Aquino).and NPA leaders were arrested. However, there were also victims of extrajudicial killings (EJKs), and thousands of people disappeared, and were never found.
We at Taho News are neither pro-Marcos nor pro-Duterte; we are not affiliated with any politician or political party. Instead, we are pro-Filipino and pro-truth. We respect the rights of every Filipino, regardless of native, gender and religion. However, we believe that there are some parts of our history that were not publicized, thus dividing us as a nation.