Martial Law is the temporary takeover of the military rule over civilian government when civilian authorities fails to function efficiently and during times of emergency, such as rebellion, excessive violence or lawlessness. This is sometimes undertaken to keep the public in safety. During Martial Law, the military takes over the executive, legislative and judicial branch of the government.
On September 21, 1972, then Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos declared Martial Law, otherwise known as Proclamation 1081. He explained that Martial Law was the only way to solve the country’s problem on rebellion which had led to national chaos and threatened peace and order in the country.
At the time Martial Law was declared in the Philippines, mass media were brought under tight control. Newspapers, radio and television stations were shut down. These facilities were sequestered and run by the government. Freedom of Speech did not exist. Civil rights were suspended. Curfews were imposed leaving many stranded in their offices, unable to return to the refuge of their homes. Marcos’ political rivals and critics were imprisoned.
According to President Marcos, he declared Martial Law in preparation to building a “New Society”, which was based on political, social and economical values. He also defended the declaration as a strategic approach in defending the Constitution legally and to protect the welfare of the people against threats from Muslim rebel groups and Christian vigilantes that places national security at risk.
Should the Philippines Undergo Military Rule Again?
Philippines has undergone military rule under the Former President Ferdinand Marcos and it is said to be the darkest period of the Philippine history, considering the good and bad effects of the Martial Law do you think the Philippines should undergo military rule again? Would the Philippines become a better country after going to military rule again or would it...