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President Marcos Press Conference on the State of Martial Law (1972)

AP Archive

1972

President Marcos Press Conference on the State of Martial Law (1972)

AP Archive

On 28 September 1972, less than a week after declaring Martial Law, President Ferdinand Marcos held a press conference on the state of the country. In this appearance, he reassures Filipinos that things are much better since his declaration and congratulates himself for “the sudden cessation of anarchy and criminality throughout the land.” He also proclaimed that he was implementing land reform throughout the Philippines and pledged that his administration would respect human rights.

This became a standard message during the Marcos regime under Martial Law, although most of the content were false and empty promises.

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“President Marcos Press Conference on the State of Martial Law,” Associated Press Archives, September 28, 1972.

Memory, Truth-telling, and the Pursuit of Justice: A Conference on the Legacies of the Marcos Dictatorship

Gaston Z. Ortigas Peace Institute

2001

Memory, Truth-telling, and the Pursuit of Justice: A Conference on the Legacies of the Marcos Dictatorship

Gaston Z. Ortigas Peace Institute

Memory, Truth-telling, and the Pursuit of Justice: A Conference on the Legacies of the Marcos Dictatorship is a volume of essays that recount the events and craft new narratives about the Martial Law period. Originally a conference held in September 1999, one of the main goals of the conference is to underscore the importance of preserving the lived-experiences of Martial Law survivors so as to continue the act of truth-telling that is instrumental to the pursuit of justice for the victims of the dictatorship.

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Gaston Z. Ortigas Peace Institute. Memory, Truth-telling, and the Pursuit of Justice: A Conference on the Legacies of the Marcos Dictatorship. Quezon City: Ateneo de Manila University Press, 2001.