Upon the declaration of Martial Law, and with the rationale to “restore the tranquility and stability of the nation in the quickest possible manner,” President Marcos signed General Order No. 5, effectively banning “all rallies, demonstrations and other forms of group actions.” Furthermore, strikes and picketing by workers of companies engaged in the production of essential commodities, as well as those in hospitals, schools and colleges, are strictly prohibited. This declaration also stated that any person violating this order shall be arrested and taken into custody and held for the duration of the “national emergency .”