Philippines to air Marcos martial law speech



DARKNESS FALLS ON THE PHILIPPINES The Philippine Daily Express, then a tabloid, announces the declaration of martial law on Sept. 21, 1972. INQUIRER ARCHIVES

MANILA, Philippines—The Philippines for the first time in 40 years is to air Sunday the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos’ full television broadcast declaring martial law that led to two decades of brutal rule.

Showing the speech in full will ensure the public will “never forget” the atrocities during Marcos’s rule, which was marked by widespread human rights abuses that saw hundreds of activities killed, jailed or abducted by the dictator’s forces, the office of President Benigno Aquino said.

The speech is to be aired on government’s official interactive portal ( as well as the website of ABS-CBN television, the country’s leading private broadcaster once padlocked by the Marcos regime.

“It’s a very nice resource for you to understand and to be aware of what happened in those times,” presidential spokeswoman Abigail Valte said.

“So we encourage everybody to go visit the website.”

The video was from the archives of ABS-CBN and will be made available to the public beginning Sunday evening “exactly 40 years to the date and time of the original broadcast in 1972,” the government said.

The government has also posted online contents of Marcos’s personal diary, giving a rare glimpse into the mind of the dictator as martial rule unfolded.

Marcos signed the martial law order on September 21, 1972, but officially announced it to a shocked Filipino public two days later.

Newspapers and television stations critical of Marcos were shut down or taken over, while critics and political opponents were killed.

In his diary, Marcos wrote how his forces immediately arrested 52 personalities out of 200 targets, which included opposition figure senator Benigno Aquino – father of the current president.

“At 7:15 p.m. I finally appeared on a nationwide TV and radio broadcast to announce the proclamation of martial law, the general orders and instruction,” Marcos wrote.

“I was supposed to broadcast at 12:00 p.m. but technical difficulties prevented it. We had closed all TV stations.”

Aquino was subsequently allowed to leave the country to seek treatment in the United States for his ailing heart, but was shot at the tarmac of the airport in 1983 upon returning him.

Anger over his death snowballed into a people power revolt three years later that finally ended Marcos’ regime, and installed Aquino’s widow as president.

Aquino’s son and namesake, Benigno Aquino III, became president after winning election in 2010.

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  • kalikasanipagtanggol

    They should do this every year and to remind everyone what this means to them pagkatapos ng airing ng declaration ay putol lahat, walang tv or radio except gov’t radio stations, no newspapers, putol ang internet, may curfew, walang signal para tumawag or text at may road blocks or checkpoints. Ito ay isang araw lang para maramdaman nila kung ano dulot ng martial law sa kalayaan ng mamamayan! Teka meron pa pala, sa araw na yun kung sino ang magpahayag ng pagtutol o pagpuna sa gobyerno ay makukulong din ng isang araw lang. Ipatikim sa mga kabataan ang lasa ng martial law!

    • Akoeto Kamieto

      may internet nb noon?signal for text?

      • Adlai

        ang ibig sabihin ni kalikasan ay kung reinactment ng pagdeklara ng batas militar ay gagawin sa bawat taon,komo nga internet at text age na ngayon,tomol,oh.

  • $27317632

    The best is to record this to dvd and sell to public at reasonable price so PILIPINO will remember the dark age of marcos’s martial law.

  • bill campion

    amazing.  he was the worst leader the pi ever had and yet his wife and family are still in power.  the money he stole was never recovered completely, yet his family is still rich.  why was mrs. marcos allowed to return to the pi with no problem?  what an absolute shame.

  • gudwil2all

    nice video
    a feast to filmmakers

  • Thomas Edison

    imelda still walks free

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