Defend freedom at all times, Palace tells Filipinos

September 20, 2009 11:20 am 

MANILA, Sept. 20 — Malacañang Sunday urged Filipinos to defend the spirit of democracy at all times and at all costs as the country commemorates the 37th anniversary of the declaration of martial law tomorrow.

Martial law (Proclamation 1081) was declared by the late President Ferdinand Marcos on September 21, 1972 to address civil strife and threats of communism. However, it became unpopular as excesses and human rights abuses by the military emerged.

In a radio interview over DZRB Radyo ng Bayan, Presidential Spokesperson for Economic Affairs Gary Olivar said the Palace hopes the principle of democracy and respect for human rights are instilled in the hearts and minds of every Filipinos.

Olivar noted he hopes the Philippines will never go back to the dark days of the martial rule in the country.

He added Filipinos should embrace and guard democracy that was restored by the People Power Revolution in 1986. Millions of Filipino civilians as well as soldiers, politicians, and nuns and priests joined the series of non-violent protests in 1986 to resist the 20-year authoritarian rule of Marcos.

The first time that Philippines was placed under martial law was on September 21, 1944 when former president Jose Laurel declared Proclamation No. 29. Twenty eight years later, Marcos proclaimed another martial law, also on September 21. (PNA) LDV/OPS/rsm

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