December 6, The recent burial of Ferdinand Marcos in the Libingan ng Mga Bayani has deeply challenged us to evaluate on our personal values and how we can act on these to make a difference. Thus, I was inspired to go back to this reflection paper written for our Personal Development Class. The paper speaks about the stories of Doris Nuval and Rina Lopez-Bautista; two Martial Law victims that were deeply affected by the injustices happening in the Philippines.
I join all Filipinos in acknowledging its forty-six years of dedicated and heroic service to people and country. The years since  have tested the mettle of this organization in the crucible of war and in the equally-trying times of peace. Today, we can say with pride that the AFP stands as one of the pillars of national security and development.
The New Republic we have inaugurated; the crucial Martial-Law period  we have weathered; the marked improvements in the life of the nation that we have achieved—all these could not have been possible without the participation and commitment of the armed forces.
This record, enviably by any standard, was achieved at great sacrifice. Many soldiers gave up their lives in combat, many were maimed and crippled. This occasion as much in their honor, as it is for the living who must carry on the ideals they cherished.
The overwhelming majority of the members of the armed forces have consistently performed their duties in the highest traditions of the profession of arms. They and their kind constitute the backbone of this organization and the mainstay of national security.
They are the ones for whom the praises and gratitude of our people must be publicly professed on this day. Ver has made one of his first priorities, the adoption of measures to enhance the morale and welfare of the individual soldier—by attending adequately to his basic needs, as well as improving his professional skill and expertise.
This is as it should be. The basic, indispensable element of any fighting organization is the individual soldier. No amount of machines and equipment—no matter how sophisticated—can make up for the inadequacies and shortcomings of its fighting men.
I would encourage General Ver to raise to the maximum, feasible limit his efforts to upgrade the morale and fighting spirit of our soldiers. Every officer should insure that he himself is fit to command his men—that he can motivate them by the example of his own professional conduct. We shall also continue to upgrade the material readiness of the armed forces; to modernize its arms and equipment; and to improve its capability to take part in national development.
We have newly acquired from the United States, under the military assistance agreement, 43 assorted new heavy engineering equipment. I would like to express here our sincere appreciation to the joint us military advisory group for accelerating the delivery of this equipment. We have also newly acquired, through U.
Military sales credit, fifteen helicopters. We must continue to ensure that the spirit and morale of the majority in the AFP are not dulled by the few in the organization who have abused their positions for selfish ends; consequently tarnishing the image of the entire organization.
To tolerate these few in their ways would be to mock the noble work of the majority and, in the long term, to wreck irreparable harm on the organization and destroy popular faith and confidence in the AFP.
The internal threat that confronts us is made up of men and women of high motivation and conviction in their cause. We can prevail against them only if we have an equal—if not greater —motivation and conviction. The order of the day, therefore, is for the AFP to look to itself first; to set its house in order; to develop in every man—from the top echelons to the rank and file—the attitudes and orientation that will motivate them to render true service to our people; to identify with them, to be one with them in their labors, their aspirations and their achievements.
The secessionist rebellion in the south,  weakened as it is, still is a serious threat. The local communist movement,  in particular the NPA,  is flexing its muscles in the more remote areas and continuing its effort to win over a mass-following.
But, for as long as we have an Armed Forces solidly supported by the people, the final issue is never in doubt. But security—in its traditional sense of fighting the enemy—is not our only concern.
Development merits equal—even greater—attention. Anyone who would evaluate the state of our security must do so in the context of total national development. Yes, we have achieved gains, some of which are unprecedented. The guarded hopes with which we started out in have now been transformed into a strong confidence in our capacity as a people to account for ourselves.
But, at the same time, we have set in motion rising expectations among our people—and these new expectations we must reasonably meet, if we are to keep this country on an even keel.
I cannot stress too strongly that the threat we face cannot be resolved by force of arms alone. We can wipe out all those who bear arms against the constituted authorities: This is why the armed forces has been increasingly involved in the works of peace and development—whether on its own, as a complement to its security missions, or as part of an overall national program.
In this role, the AFP has acquitted itself well—exhibiting innovation, pioneering spirit, and a sense of urgency that our civilian agencies all too-seldom show.Notes & Essays.
Gregorio Brillantes' Brief History of Martial Law. Martial law actually began on September 22, , at exactly p.m. And Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. is even now gearing for a run to Malacañang a few years hence. And those loyalists in Congress and out are clamoring louder than ever for their refrigerated idol in Batac.
- Ex-Martial Law Baby The comment "Marcos was a victim of the Death march, he even think that Japan may dominate if possible" is still in contention. There are doubts whether Marcos fought in the Japanese occupation of the Philippines during World War II.
December 30, , a very controversial chapter in the Philippine history began. It was the start of the presidential term of the late Ferdinand Edralin Marcos. He was the first Philippine president to proclaim the state of martial law in the country.
Through the martial law, he took advantage of /5(2). Ferdinand Emmanuel Edralin Marcos Sr. (September 11, – September 28, ) was a Filipino politician and kleptocrat who was President of the Philippines from to He ruled as a dictator under martial law from until His regime was infamous for its corruption, extravagance, and brutality.
Marcos claimed an active part in World War II, including fighting alongside the. Marcos’ dictatorship became known as the Martial Law Period ().
 Despite being underground, many NGOs were focusing on social development issues and were strengthening and building relationships with poor communities.
The Haunting of Martial Law: Records from the Marcos Regime. September 7 Why has Martial Law come to repeat itself in the Philippines? But most importantly, is it possible to resist this pattern of violence? expertise to advocate for the marginalized. Jon and his spouse, Sherry Broder, served as legal counsel on the Estate of Ferdinand.