The Impact Of Martial Law On The Philippines

3595 Words Jan 23rd, 2015 15 Pages

As a Filipina living outside of the Philippines, I have travelled and lived around the world and met new people and other Filipinos with different backgrounds. I became more interested to what specific event affected their perspective about being Filipino. The Martial Law in 1972 is a major event in the history of the Philippines that caused disorder during the Marcos regime and violence against the Marcos government and this event modernized the country in terms of government and the Philippine Society. There are many books written about the impacts of Martial Law to the Philippine Society but there are very limited books and articles that refer to the reason why Martial Law was declared in the Philippines. There are so many conspiracies that arose as to the reason why Ferdinand Marcos had declared the Philippines under Proclamation No. 1081 or Martial Law. Some citizens believe that Marcos declared Martial Law because of his selfish and authoritative disposition or a dictator full of absolute power. Imelda Marcos, who is Ferdinand’s wife, strongly agrees that ‘Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely’ while others believed that it was because of the rise of the Maoist insurgency. This essay will attempt to find the primary reason why Ferdinand Marcos declared Martial Law in the Philippines on 1972.
The investigation will firstly consider the meaning of Martial Law and what it does to the civilian population, it will then move on to the…
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