Fact check: Was Marcos' Martial Law era the 'best years' of the Philippines

Fact check: Was Marcos' Martial Law era the 'best years' of the Philippines

-Today marks the 46th year since former President Ferdinand Marcos declared Martial Law in 1972

-The hashtag never again spreads as some Filipinos remembered how some suffered from the declaration

-There were numbers reported which counted the total victims of Martial Law

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On September 23, 1972, former President Ferdinand Marcos appeared on television and under Proclamation 1081, supposedly signed on September 21, formally declared martial law nationwide.

The hashtag never again spreads on the 46th anniversary since Marcos declared Martial Law in the Philippines today.

According to Rappler, the increasing threat of communism was the reason for the declaration.

But there were facts that Filipinos should know, according to Amnesty International, about 70,000 people were imprisoned while 34,000 were tortured, and 3,240 were killed during Martial Law from 1972 to 1981.

The report said, despite the seeming peace and order, was something dark beyond the gates of Military camps.

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With power given to the military to “save” democracy, they were able to commit a number of human rights violations.

But more detailed numbers were given by the Task Force Detainees of the Philippines.

2,668 incidents of arrests

306 total number of arrested individuals

398 disappearances

1,338 salvagings

128 frustrated salvagings

1,499 killed or wounded in massacres (Magsaysay 1999)

But these are just alleged numbers, we can never account for the real number since some families chose to be silent to save their lives.

Psychological and emotional torture happened by isolation to instill fear and shake one's principle, according to reports.

Senators Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino and José “Pepe” Diokno were the first ones to be arrested the night Martial Law was implemented.

Many suffered physical torture like an electric shock, beating, pistol-whipping, water cure, cigar burns, flat iron burns, animal treatment, and even women were abused.

According to MindaNews, there were at least two massacres reported between 1972 and 1981, the Palimbang massacre or the Malisbong massacre in Palimbang, Sultan Kudarat and the second massacre happened in Bingcul village in Mindanao on November 12, 1977.

The two reported massacres weren't true according to Juan Ponce Enrile, the former Martial Law administrator

Still, many people remembered Marcos' regimen because life was not hard at that time. Many feared the 'dictator' that imposed discipline nationwide. There were peace and order.

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