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. With General Order No. 2-A (which amended General Order No. 2), President Marcos, as Commander-in-Chief, orders the Secretary of National Defense to arrest and take into custody the individuals who were seen as threats to the state. The order itself lists these types of people. This effectively gave the President and the military unlimited power to arrest people without due process.