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IN SEPTEMBER 1972 FERDINAN MARCOS DECLARED MARTIAL LAW, PLUNGING THE PHILIPPINES INTO 14 YEARS OF A BRUTAL DICTATORSHIP THAT ONLY ENDED WHEN HE WAS CHASED OUT OF THE COUNTRY. ** TH HALLMARK OF HIS DICTATORSHIP WAS REPRESSION: THE SYSTEMATIC US OF TERROR, TORTURE AND MURDER. THOUSANDS WERE KILLED, TENS OF THOUSANDS MORE SUFFERED TORMENTS IN "TACTICAL INTERROGATION" SESSIONS IN SEPTEMBER 1972 FERDINAN MARCOS DECLARED MARTIAL LAW, PLUNGING THE PHILIPPINES INTO 14 YEARS OF A BRUTAL DICTATORSHIP THAT ONLY ENDED WHEN HE WAS CHASED OUT OF THE COUNTRY. ** TH HALLMARK OF HIS DICTATORSHIP WAS REPRESSION: THE SYSTEMATIC US OF TERROR, TORTURE AND MURDER. THOUSANDS WERE KILLED, TENS OF THOUSANDS MORE SUFFERED TORMENTS IN "TACTICAL INTERROGATION" SESSIONS CONDUCTED BY THE MILITARY, PARTICULARLY THE PHILIPPINE CONSTABULARY. ** IN THIS BRIEF ILLUSTRATED HISTORY, JOURNALIST AND BLOGGER RAISSA ROBLES RECOUNTS MARTIAL LAW'S GRISLY RECORD OF HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS, CLEARLY ESTABLISHING THAT TORTURE WAS A DELIBERATE OLICY OF DICTATOR MARCOS. SHE CONTEXTS THIS AGAINST A BACKDROP OF HISTORICAL EVENTS AND EXPLAINS WHY AND HOW MARCOS GRABBED POWER UNDER THE GUISE OF FIGHTING A COMMUNIST THREAT. ** PUBLISHED ON THE 30TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE PEOPLE POWER UPRISING THAT OVERTHREW MARCO, THE BOOK WAS EDITED BY AWARD-WINNING JOURNALIST AND FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT ALAN ROBLES. ** USING BOOKS, DOCUMENTS AND OFFICIAL RECORDS, THE AUTHOR TRACES THE COURSE OF THE NEW SOCIETY, IDENTIFIES ITS KEY PLAYERS AND SHOWS HOW MARCOS USED MILITARY RULE TO KEEP HIMSELF IN POWER AND PERPETUATE A REGIME FOCUSED ON PLUNDERING THE ECONOMY. SHE RECONSTRUCTS MARCOS' POLICE STATE INFRASTRUCTURE--COMPLETE WITH SPECIALLY BUILT DENTENTION CAMPS--AND ITS TECHNIQUES OF TORTURE. ROBLES INTERVIEWED SOURCES RANGING FROM TWO PHILIPPINE PRESIDENTS TO GENERALS, COLONELS AND TORTURE SURVIVORS. ** MARTIAL LAW'S ATROCITIES LEFT A NATIONAL TRAUMA THAT HASN'T HEALED. THE PERPETRATORS HAVE NOT ONLY GONE UNPUNISHED -- THEY HAVEN'T EVEN ADMITTED TO COMMITTING TORTURE. SURVIVOR, PHYSICALLY AND PSYCHOLOGICALLY SCARRED, HAVE BEEN LEFT TO FEND FOR THEMSELVES. REMEMBRANCE OF THE HORRORS. THESE ARE NOW IN DANGER OF BEING FORGOTTEN, THANKS IN PART TO A CONCERTED EFFORT BY MARCOSES AND THEIR CRONIES TO ERASE THE PAST.


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IN SEPTEMBER 1972 FERDINAN MARCOS DECLARED MARTIAL LAW, PLUNGING THE PHILIPPINES INTO 14 YEARS OF A BRUTAL DICTATORSHIP THAT ONLY ENDED WHEN HE WAS CHASED OUT OF THE COUNTRY. ** TH HALLMARK OF HIS DICTATORSHIP WAS REPRESSION: THE SYSTEMATIC US OF TERROR, TORTURE AND MURDER. THOUSANDS WERE KILLED, TENS OF THOUSANDS MORE SUFFERED TORMENTS IN "TACTICAL INTERROGATION" SESSIONS IN SEPTEMBER 1972 FERDINAN MARCOS DECLARED MARTIAL LAW, PLUNGING THE PHILIPPINES INTO 14 YEARS OF A BRUTAL DICTATORSHIP THAT ONLY ENDED WHEN HE WAS CHASED OUT OF THE COUNTRY. ** TH HALLMARK OF HIS DICTATORSHIP WAS REPRESSION: THE SYSTEMATIC US OF TERROR, TORTURE AND MURDER. THOUSANDS WERE KILLED, TENS OF THOUSANDS MORE SUFFERED TORMENTS IN "TACTICAL INTERROGATION" SESSIONS CONDUCTED BY THE MILITARY, PARTICULARLY THE PHILIPPINE CONSTABULARY. ** IN THIS BRIEF ILLUSTRATED HISTORY, JOURNALIST AND BLOGGER RAISSA ROBLES RECOUNTS MARTIAL LAW'S GRISLY RECORD OF HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS, CLEARLY ESTABLISHING THAT TORTURE WAS A DELIBERATE OLICY OF DICTATOR MARCOS. SHE CONTEXTS THIS AGAINST A BACKDROP OF HISTORICAL EVENTS AND EXPLAINS WHY AND HOW MARCOS GRABBED POWER UNDER THE GUISE OF FIGHTING A COMMUNIST THREAT. ** PUBLISHED ON THE 30TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE PEOPLE POWER UPRISING THAT OVERTHREW MARCO, THE BOOK WAS EDITED BY AWARD-WINNING JOURNALIST AND FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT ALAN ROBLES. ** USING BOOKS, DOCUMENTS AND OFFICIAL RECORDS, THE AUTHOR TRACES THE COURSE OF THE NEW SOCIETY, IDENTIFIES ITS KEY PLAYERS AND SHOWS HOW MARCOS USED MILITARY RULE TO KEEP HIMSELF IN POWER AND PERPETUATE A REGIME FOCUSED ON PLUNDERING THE ECONOMY. SHE RECONSTRUCTS MARCOS' POLICE STATE INFRASTRUCTURE--COMPLETE WITH SPECIALLY BUILT DENTENTION CAMPS--AND ITS TECHNIQUES OF TORTURE. ROBLES INTERVIEWED SOURCES RANGING FROM TWO PHILIPPINE PRESIDENTS TO GENERALS, COLONELS AND TORTURE SURVIVORS. ** MARTIAL LAW'S ATROCITIES LEFT A NATIONAL TRAUMA THAT HASN'T HEALED. THE PERPETRATORS HAVE NOT ONLY GONE UNPUNISHED -- THEY HAVEN'T EVEN ADMITTED TO COMMITTING TORTURE. SURVIVOR, PHYSICALLY AND PSYCHOLOGICALLY SCARRED, HAVE BEEN LEFT TO FEND FOR THEMSELVES. REMEMBRANCE OF THE HORRORS. THESE ARE NOW IN DANGER OF BEING FORGOTTEN, THANKS IN PART TO A CONCERTED EFFORT BY MARCOSES AND THEIR CRONIES TO ERASE THE PAST.

30 review for MARCOS MARTIAL LAW : NEVER AGAIN

  1. 5 out of 5

    Matthew Lopez

    To be honest, the book is a difficult read. It is raw and uncensored, and you are thinking this cannot be real. But sadly, this is true narration of one of the darkest chapters in modern Philippine history and the excesses of the Martial Law regime. This is a mandatory read in schools, colleges and should be distributed in other countries.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Joaquin Mejia

    This book is one of the best books about Philippine history I have ever read. It is about the dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos that began with his declaration of Martial Law on September 21, 1972 and ended in his ouster on February 25, 1986. It was a time of murder and corruption. During that dark age, good and innocent people were being killed, tortured, and imprisoned while Marcos was plundering the country. I was born on 2002. I did not experience Martial Law. I have heard about it and talke This book is one of the best books about Philippine history I have ever read. It is about the dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos that began with his declaration of Martial Law on September 21, 1972 and ended in his ouster on February 25, 1986. It was a time of murder and corruption. During that dark age, good and innocent people were being killed, tortured, and imprisoned while Marcos was plundering the country. I was born on 2002. I did not experience Martial Law. I have heard about it and talked about it but I have never experienced it. But I did not need to. Even if I was born thirty years after Marcos declared Martial Law and sixteen years after he was peacefully overthrown by the People Power Revolution, I know that Marcos was a dictator, an oppressor, a plunderer, and a murderer. But this book taught me something. It taught me that the Marcos Era was more terrible than I imagined it to be. I already knew about the dictatorship's murder and torture but the book's descriptions showed me that the atrocities were far beyond my imagination. The book shocked me. Even if I already knew that Martial Law was horrible, the book taught me that it was a lot worse. Aside from surprising me, the book made me sad. It's not just that Marcos was selfish, corrupt, and power-hungry. It's not just that good and heroic people who opposed Marcos were treated in the worst possible way. It is also because we are forgetting all of these. After People Power, we Filipinos have done little to make the Marcos Era engraved in our country's memory. We have failed to learn from that dark chapter in the Philippines's history. Yes, the book made me sad. Will we continue to fail in bringing justice for all the people who suffered under the oppressive regime? Will we continue to tolerate, or even support, the Marcoses despite their crimes? Will we continue to fail in teaching future generations about the horror of Martial Law? I think we Filipinos will continue doing all of these if we continue to forget. Our amnesia has turned into a national disease. The present and future are in darkness and gloom because we cannot remember the Philippines's dark past.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Bay

    Raissa’s Robles’ work is hard to read, not because it is lengthy, but because it tells the story of the artrocities committed to our people. The discussion on how FM declared Martial Law, the accounts of torture survivors, and the fall of Martial Law were detailed. In addition, her detailed accounts of torture, especially to the medical student, whose brain was located in his abdomen, gave me shivers ---- I was reading the book during nighttime. As I was reading the book, I realized that the curr Raissa’s Robles’ work is hard to read, not because it is lengthy, but because it tells the story of the artrocities committed to our people. The discussion on how FM declared Martial Law, the accounts of torture survivors, and the fall of Martial Law were detailed. In addition, her detailed accounts of torture, especially to the medical student, whose brain was located in his abdomen, gave me shivers ---- I was reading the book during nighttime. As I was reading the book, I realized that the current situation we are having are the consequences of Marcos’ actions. And the collective amnesia, alas, that we experience today are mainly of the misinformation, forgetfulness, and forgiving nature of us. All hope is not lost, however. Good job, Raissa, for making this detailed discussion in Martial Law. I hope that your book will be read by children in schools so that they can learn more and not be misinformed about FM in this era of fake news and trolls.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Alyza Ayuban

    Its a good book

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jay-r Trinidad

    A difficult read. An eye-opener. At times, it made me cry. Excellent work from Miss Robles.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Aireen

    finished reading

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jimmy Hilario

    A must-read specially for those who didn't live through the Martial Law years.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Xborgxlunox412

  9. 5 out of 5

    Juliet

  10. 5 out of 5

    Karylle Mallari

  11. 4 out of 5

    Eavaric Giratina

  12. 4 out of 5

    Michael Cobebe

  13. 4 out of 5

    Matty

  14. 4 out of 5

    John

  15. 5 out of 5

    Pol Soverski

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jan

  17. 5 out of 5

    Aaron Taotao

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ma. Elizabeth

  19. 5 out of 5

    Max Green

  20. 5 out of 5

    Marilet Meris

  21. 4 out of 5

    Joe Maristela III

  22. 5 out of 5

    Angel Dalusong

  23. 5 out of 5

    Chrissy

  24. 5 out of 5

    Lorainne Nicolas

  25. 4 out of 5

    Ralph Kim

  26. 4 out of 5

    Mona Dojasic

  27. 4 out of 5

    Cyle Keisha

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jb Tolentino

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lizaduena

  30. 5 out of 5

    Paulie Mora

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