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Imee Marcos justifies Martial Law declaration

September 22, 2022 - Thursday 3:09 PM by Raheema Velasco


Amid the decade-long condemnation of Martial Law under the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos Sr., Senator Imee Marcos defended her father's decision and said it was for the betterment of the country.

“Kung may karapatan ka bilang tao na ipagtanggol ang sarili mo, may karapatan din ang pamahalaan, ang estado, na ipagtanggol ang sarili niya sa mga naghahasik ng gulo, sa mga rebelde na nais ibagsak ang pamahalaan, sa mga susupil na mga dayuhan,” Marcos said.

(If you as a person have the right to defend yourself, the government, the state, also has the right to defend itself from those who sow trouble, from rebels who want to overthrow the government, from oppressive foreigners.)

The eldest daughter of Ferdinand Marcos Sr. shared that the Martial Law declaration in 1986 had a purpose because it was also being implemented in other countries.

"May gamit ang martial law at yan ay ginamit ilang beses na sa Amerika man at sa ibang bansa. 'Yan ang paliwanag ng ama ko noong maliit pa ako kaya't sine-share ko lang po," she said.

(Martial law has its purpose and has been used several times in America and other countries. That's what my father explained when I was little so I'm just sharing it.)

She also emphasized that Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos winning the presidency only shows that most Filipinos disregard the critics of Martial Law and the Marcoses.

The "Singkwenta't Singkwentong Martial Law" press conference was held at Marcos' residence in San Juan City.

It was joined by Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Juan Ponce Enrile, former Gregorio Honasan II, former Senator Kit Tatad, and other former military and police officers who were key players in the declaration of Martial Law.

During the Senate Committee on Constitutional Amendments and Revision of Codes on Wednesday, Enrile agreed to amend the 1987 constitution and proposed to bring back the "imminent danger" in the Martial Law provisions.

According to him, Enrile also said that revising martial law provisions in the 1987 constitution is "intentional" to weaken the Philippine government's power.

During the pre-recorded interview with Toni Gonzaga, Bongbong Marcos defended his father's declaration of Martial Law.

President Bongbong Marcos said that placing the country under martial law was necessary to prevent two insurgencies, the communist uprising, and the Moro movement in Mindanao.

But Bagong Alyansang Makabayan secretary general Renato Reyes said that, along with other groups, they would continue to remind the Filipino people about Martial Law as justice for many victims of human rights abuses like killings, torture, and enforced disappearances remains elusive.

"On the 50th anniversary of Martial Law, we vow to fight all forms of disinformation and historical distortion about the dictatorship. We vow to fight for justice for the victims of martial law and for the Filipino people suffering under a second Marcos regime," Reyes added.


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