In 1972, Metro Manila was rocked by intensified bombings blamed on the insurgency—the perfect excuse for Marcos to justify a nationwide Martial Law.
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Plaza Miranda Bombing: Prelude to Marcos’ Endgame
Unknown to many, the Martial Law documents were already prepared as early as 1971 and a series of bombings in Metro Manila that year was just the beginning of terror.
Plan for Endgame: Plots, Protests, Scandals and Assassinations
Red-tagging. Police brutality. VP shaming. Killing with impunity. Sounds familiar? It was the beginning of Marcos’ second and almost 20-year rule.
First Quarter Storm of 1970: Philippines on the Brink
The turbulent first quarter of 1970 was an ominous start to President Marcos’ second term that paved the
‘Road to Martial Law.’
The Gathering Storm: Beginnings of the Communist Insurgency and Moro Secessionism in the ’60s
Much of the Mindanao conflict and the leftist insurgency that can still be seen today were largely due to the pre-Martial Law Marcos administration. Our resident historian Kris Pasion tells us more in Part 5 of our 15-part series ‘Road to Martial Law.’
The Turbulent ’60s and Marcos’ Ascent to Power
Much like the politics of today, the 1960s were full of scandal and betrayal. How did these bring about Ferdinand Marcos’ ascent to power?Our resident historian Kris Pasion narrates in this fourth part of our 15-part series ‘Road to Martial Law.’
A Tribute to Visayas and Mindanao
It was the hottest time of day inside a rickety bus last April that I think I fell in love with Visayas. My skin was dark and burnt, having spent the last four days on polar ends of Cebu, and my forehead was dripping wet with sweat as we made our way from the Remegio…
The Hope of Muslim Orphans
Abdul Aziz, not his real name, wakes up at 4:00 in the morning. After praying to Allah, he dashes to eat his breakfast, and, clutching his bag and books, runs to his classroom. He refuses to be late in all of his classes. Abdul is now on 11th grade and only a year away from finishing…
Mamasapano’s Music from Paradise by Howie Severino
Before Mamasapano became a blood stain on the national psyche, the only buzz about the impoverished little town came from its exquisite music.It’s not at all popular music, but the melodious high-pitched sound produced by a rarely seen and heard two-stringed instrument called kudyapi. Mamasapano was the home of the kudyapi master, Samaon Sulaiman, a…
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