More articles about: Martial Law

 
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The course rationale presents a thorough deconstruction of the darkest days of Philippine democracy.
Mahalaga at napapanahon ang kursong pang-GE na magpapamalay sa kabataan sa kasamaan ng Batas Militar o ang paghaharing nakabatay sa dahas at pananakot, at ng diktadura, o ang paghaharing hindi nahahahanggahan ng batas.(Roughly, “The GE course that will educate the youth on ...
 
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Bits of trivia surrounding the original EDSA Revolution.
When Ferdinand Marcos placed the entire country under Martial Law, he went to great lengths to celebrate it as the start of "The New Society." As far as descriptions go, it’s right on the money. He didn’t say better, or even simply ...
 
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Economic volatility generally eased after 1986.
Thirty-three years have already passed since the Filipino people gathered together for the monumental overthrowing of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos.As we celebrate the anniversary of the restoration of the country’s civil liberties and democracy, here’s a look at how the popular ...
 
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The infamous Malakas at Maganda painting featuring the Marcoses was the centerpiece of their propaganda.
When the Soviet Union fell, citizens of Moscow toppled a monument to Felix Dzerzhinsky, founder of the KGB. After Saddam Hussein was killed, a bronze statue of the dictator in Baghdad was dismantled by an angry mob. In 1776, the year the ...
 
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At face value, this free bread had good intentions.
The Nutribun of the 1970s was a bread borne out of good intentions. Nutribun was designed as a convenient “ready-to-eat complete meal” for public elementary school feeding programs to combat child malnutrition in the Philippines. Schools in economically depressed areas where children ...
 
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According to the president's General Order No. 4, it is now illegal to be outside your home between 12mn and 4am.
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 ...
 
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This used to be played right after "Lupang Hinirang."
When we talk about political songs, we mostly remember protest songs, because it's in the nature of art and artists to fight against The Man and the oppression he brings.On the other hand, politicians have always known how to use music for ...
 
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The story of Pete Lacaba's "Prometheus Unbound", a poem in which the first letters of each line, when read downwards, spelled out a secret message for the resistance movement against the dictator.
One version of this story has us begin in 1973, a year after Proclamation 1081 was announced, placing the entire country under martial law, to the relief of citizens desperate for discipline. Crime was on the wane; peace was prime. Manila mornings ...
 
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The former congressman, activist, and human rights lawyer on his memories of torture under Martial Law.
NERI COLMENARESFormer congressman, human rights lawyerIf you're in a position of power or wealth, never abuse and never be arrogant.The second lesson my father told me: "Kung tama ka naman, tindigan mo. Pero kung mali ka, dapat aminin mo." That’s why I could ...
 
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The good, the bad, and the ugly.
Everyone knows 1972 as the year President Ferdinand Marcos declared martial law over the land. But he was a busy guy, and while his legacy will forever be tainted by the bloody era that followed, Marcos was responsible for a lot of ...
 
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Revisit the resistance of the past.
In the years leading up to Ferdinand Marcos’ declaration of Martial Law, The Philippines Free Press was one among a handful of publications that were unrelenting in their critique of his administration. The Free Press published articles about social, political, and economic ...
 
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These children's books teach kids about the Martial Law era without giving them nightmares.
Martial Law can be a pretty thorny topic to introduce to your children. You don't want to give them nightmares, but you also want to pass on the hard lessons of history so that they may not repeat it. Children’s books have always ...
 
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Photojournalist Recto Mercene relives the day he took one of the era's most iconic and historic photos.
It’s probably one of the most iconic photos in Philippine history: Ninoy Aquino all in white, lying lifeless on the tarmac, his alleged assassin’s body just a few inches away as soldiers scramble to get Aquino into a military van. Aquino’s assassination was ...
 
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They were on the opposite sides of history—she was from a family of high-ranking Communists, he was the head guard of President Marcos. Divided by political beliefs, they never should have been together.
I was a child when Marcos fell, but I was old enough to perceive evil. I knew he was the reason my father became a guerilla commander for the New People’s Army and had a bullet lodged in his left thigh. Why ...
 
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Pete Lacaba shares what it's like to be tortured by your own government.
Editor's Note: This is a repost of Mr. Pete Lacaba's September 1995 column for the Philippine Graphic. Mr. Lacaba is a journalist, scriptwriter, poet, and editor. He is a University of the Philippines Gawad Plaridel awardee, and has received a Carlos Palanca ...
 
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It hid, it grew, it's creeping back up.
Martial Law was born six months before I was. So if we were both students, in that proverbial hypothetical world, we would probably have ended up as batchmates. However, as much as I would like to think I know who I am ...
 
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Martial law actually began on September 22, 1972, at exactly 9:11 p.m.
IT WAS NOT SEPTEMBER 21, but September 22, 1972, that signaled the actual start of Ferdinand Marcos’ martial law regime. To be exact, 9:11 p.m. on that day 17 years ago— a Friday, as is the 22nd of this the first “Marcos ...
 
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Victims of martial law only have until May 12, 2018 to get reparations.
Thirty-one years after dictator Ferdinand Marcos was ousted, things are no better for the victims of his regime, while the dictator himself is buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. In the ABS-CBN News article, "Time taking its toll on martial law victims," Gerry Lirio ...
 
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The CCP Theater and Film Festival will tackle martial law, activism, and death.
As the anniversary of the Martial Law declaration looms near, the Cultural Center of the Philippines is using theater and cinema to look into the lives of those who voiced dissent and in some cases, disappeared. It also draws some parallelisms to ...
 
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Alden Richards' role in 'Alaala', GMA-7's Martial Law Special, is his most important one yet.
In a perfect world, we shouldn't even be talking about Alden Richards right now. We shouldn’t have to celebrate when a famous actor takes a role in a historical drama that actually gets its history right. That should be a default.But here ...
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