Commemoration of Martial Law

Marcos ruled the country for 2O years from 1966-1986. He served his first term in presidency and won another term but at the remaining years of his term instead to go down, he imposed Martial Law on September 21, 1972.It resulted in massive human rights violation and abuses. There is torture, abduction, illegal detention, extra judicial killings, and struggle for justice and pains. It was a time of fear, repression and deprivation. The writ of habeas corpus back then was suspended. A person maybe arrested and detained without charges. Those were all happen during the dictatorship of the fascist leader. Sadly, most of the victims up to now still got no justice at all. And also it was sad to say that very few students knew or aware of some tyranny and repression experience by martyrs and heroes during Marcos regime.

Commemoration of Martial Law is important to remind the public of the evils of Martial law so future generations need not to go through the same experiences by our martyrs. We cannot allow future generation to experience what they experience. Never again! We got the clear lessons from the past. Thanks to the courage and resistance of ordinary Filipinos against the dictatorship under martial law.

Rationale

It has been 38 years since the Martial Law was declared by former President Ferdinand Marcos. Massive human rights violations and abuses were made by military and state. People have gone through so much pains and hardship in the hands of a fascist leader and up to now there is still no justice for most of the victims.

Very few students knew or aware of the same tyranny and repression experienced by our during Marcos regime. It is important to raise awareness and to remind the Benildean community especially students about Martial Law which is one of the darkest period of history. Through this, we may be able to appreciate the freedoms that we are experiencing and hopefully work hard to protect these freedoms.

It is also important to highlight the courage and resistance of ordinary citizens against Martial Law. We believe that the commemoration of the declaration of Martial Law people will to open our eyes to these realities and to care about issues and to realize that every ordinary person has the capacity to effect social change.

Objectives:

  • To generate awareness about the issue of Martial law.
  • To encourage the Benildean community to get involve on the issue.

Activity Details

  • Photo Exhibit on September 20-24 at LRC Main lobby
    • Opening of Exhibit – September 20, 2010, 1:00 pm
  • Prayer Vigil on September 21 (Tuesday)
  • Film showing on September 24, 2010 (Friday), 6:00-9:00 pm at Auditorium. Title of film: Sr. Stella L.
  • Visit to Bantayog ng mga Bayani and Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP) on September 25, 2010 (Saturday)

Travel Details

8:00 am Assembly Time. Assembly Place: CSB Carport

8:30 am Expected time departure

10:00-12:00 pm Bantayog ng mga Bayani

12:00-12:30 pm Lunch

12:30 pm Leave Bantayog

1:00-3:30 pm TFDP

Note:

Interested participants to the visit to Bantayog are required to submit an essay on their view about Martial Law. This will serve as basis for selection of participants. Selected participants are required to watch the film Sr. Stella L. and come up with an essay about what they have learned from the activity.

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