Ghost of the Marcos Era

By Flon Faurillo

Is the country being visited by the ghost of the Marcos dictatorship? This appears to be the case. Today as in the years immediately before the declaration of martial law on Sept. 21, 1972, the Filipino people are reeling from poverty and an economic crisis that fuel social and political unrest. The government seeks to address the unrest by issuing a host of repressive decrees, as well as pushing a campaign for charter change intending – so critics say – to concentrate executive power. Meanwhile, political killings and involuntary disappearances are rife. All these make up a complete reenactment of Martial Law.

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