Palace joins nation in
honoring sacrifices of martial law victims
By Jelly F. Musico
MANILA, Sept. 20 (PNA) – Malacanang joined the nation on Sunday in
remembering and honoring the sacrifices of the victims of martial law which
was imposed by the late former President Ferdinand Marcos on Sept. 21, 1972.
”With courage, they defied harassment, cruel punishment and fear as they
asserted and fought for the recognition of basic human rights at a time when
the dictatorship demolished the house of democracy in our land,”
Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Herminio
Coloma Jr. said in a statement.
He said the imposition of martial rule 43 years ago “is probably one of the
darkest chapters in the country’s history.”
”From their blood, sweat and tears, our people gathered and rebuilt their
willpower and strength to mount wave upon wave of protest movements that
culminated in the triumph of the EDSA People Power Revolution in 1986,”
He said the people’s resistance and struggle against martial rule became the
foundation for rebuilding democracy in the Philippines that served as a
beacon of hope and inspiration for other freedom-loving people, who overcame
dictatorship and rebuilt democracy in their land.
”Together with our efforts to ensure sustainable long-term growth, progress
and stability that would include the active participation of all Filipinos,
it is important to impart to the youth of our land the lessons learned from
martial rule and the struggle to restore democracy, as our continuing legacy
to all future generations of Filipinos,” Coloma stressed.
Marcos issued Proclamation No. 1081 to put the entire country under martial
law, claiming it was the last efforts to solve disorder brought about by
increasingly violent student demonstrations and threats of communist
insurgency and the Muslim separatist movement.
The imposition of military rule led to the arrest of opposition politicians,
including President Benigno Aquino III’s father, the late former Senator
Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino Jr.
On Jan. 17, 1981, Marcos issued Proclamation No. 2045 to formally end
Five years later, Marcos was forced to leave the country because of the
popular bloodless 1986 EDSA People’s Power Revolution that followed the snap
presidential elections in February of that year.
With the departure of Marcos, President Aquino’s mother -- the late former
President Corazon Aquino -- was catapulted to power that led to the
restoration of democracy in the country. (PNA)