Martial Law and the Theatrical Presentation: Pagsambang Bayan

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During times of martial law, certain civil liberties may be suspended, such as freedom from searches and seizures, freedom of association, and freedom of movement. The play “Pagsambang Bayan” is a theatrical presentation of martial law that still has implications today, particularly with the recent Congressional decision to allow President Obama an expansion of power through martial law during 2014.
In September 1972 Ferdinand Marcos imposed martial law on the Philippines as the last defense against the anarchic chaos of the violent student demonstrations, the fear of communist insurgency by the newly formed Communist Party in the Philippines, and the Muslim separatist movement of the Moro National Liberation Front. Under martial law Marcos reduced violent crime, confiscated unregistered firearms, and managed to suppress the communist insurgency in certain areas. Marcos also made strides in land management and foreign relations, imparting special concessions to foreign investors and creating a land-reform program. In January 1973 Marcos ratified a new parliamentary constitution and named himself both president and prime minister.
Despite these advances, the new regime under Marcos faced a variety of problems. Worker income dropped, farmers did not widely benefit from land…
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