With Proclamation 1081, President Marcos effectively placed the country under Martial Law and immediately after, he signed several General Orders that elaborated on and expanded his powers. General Order No. 1 cemented his authoritarian powers, as he declared: “I shall govern the nation and, direct the operation of the entire Government, including all its agencies and instrumentalities, in my capacity and shall exercise all the powers and prerogatives appurtenant and incident to my position as such Commander-in-Chief of all the armed forces of the Philippines.”