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Sep 21, 2011
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It was that one September day in 1972—history suggests it to be the 21st, but modern day claims indicate that it was the 23rd— when former President Ferdinand Marcos proclaimed Martial Law.

It was an imposition of military rule by military authorities meant to maintain national order and security.

It didn’t turn out the way both the administration and the people hoped it would be, ultimately resulting to death, violence, and the eventual ousting of the president almost a decade and a half later.

It has been 39 years since Martial Law changed the course of Philippine history, but Filipinos are still thinking, some of them mourning, about this very subject.

But alas, plenty of citizens today also believe that our country’s economy and way of life were at its best during the Marcos era. With plenty of help from the FHM nation, who seem to be FB and Twitter addicts, just like us, we start a debate: Was Martial Law a practice of discipline or a mere practice of tyranny?

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WORDS BY MIKEY AGULTO

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