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What If We Told You Today: Curfew Has Been Imposed in All Parts of the PH

According to the president's General Order No. 4, it is now illegal to be outside your home between 12mn and 4am.
ILLUSTRATOR Jasrelle Serrano
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The president has signed General Order No. 4, making it a jailable offense to be outside of your home after midnight.

Citing "terroristic activities, assassination of innocent citizens and leaders of our society, arsons and deliberate destructions of public and private property...lootings and and robberies" along with the widespread anti-government rallies and protests around the country, the president has called on the military to help implement the curfew. A General Order is addressed to the armed forces by the president in his capacity as commander-in-chief.

According to the order, people outside their homes from 12mn to 4am will be summarily arrested and held in the nearest military camp overnight. If the military finds "valid and compelling reasons" for further detention, violators will be transferred to the nearest prison camp; otherwise, they will be released the next day. Exemptions were made for those with a written authorization from the military commander in charge of one's area of residence.

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Hospitals and other establishments open 24 hours announced that they are cutting down the hours of night-shift personnel in order to allow them to get home in time to beat the curfew.

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This is the announcement handed down on September 22, 1972, a day after President Ferdinand Marcos signed Proclamation No. 1081, declaring the implementation of martial law throughout the country. 

There were also restrictions handed down on mass assemblies, on media, and on speaking out in public against the government. General Order No. 2, also given on the same day as the one imposing curfew, directed the Secretary of Defense to arrest a list of President Ferdinand Marcos' enemies.

Today, September 21, 2018, marks the anniversary of the Martial Law era in the Philippines, which lasted from September 21, 1972 to January 17, 1981. 

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