#NeverAgain: Filipino activists mark 46th anniversary of martial law

September 21 marks the anniversary of the declaration of martial law in the Philippines.

46 years after the declaration of martial law, activists still recall the atmosphere in the Philippines during their youth.

About a dozen activists gathered outside the Philippine consulate in Los Angeles to remember, hoping to prevent another declaration of martial law.

They say with President Rodrigo Duterte’s opponents getting ousted and at times, imprisoned, they say is a familiar practice.

Earlier this year, Senator Antonio Trillanes visited these Filipinos, and now they worry the Duterte administration will carry out his arrest.

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  • Santiago Del Mundo
    22 September 2018 at 3:10 am - Reply

    It would have been a smarter decision if those Filipinos in Los Angeles would have just stayed home and have barbecue and drink some San Miguel beer instead of acting like a bunch of lunatics shouting nonsense in front of the Philippine consulate, says Mara Maghinay-Belasco (Cebuanos of Stockton). She said, who’s really wasting their time when you keep going out on the street repeating and reminding people about martial law? How can people move on when you keep reminding people of their past, if that is so true?

    I do not understand where Filipinos are coming from when they shout “never again” to martial law says Mike Silos (Cebuanos of Stockton). During martial, there so many good things that happened, primarily the widespread expansion of the violent Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP-NPA) and the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) were stopped. According to Tiglao (2016), Filipinos who are crying, bitching, whining and moaning about martial law are predominantly ex-members of CPP-NPA or MNLF. People are crying about torture here and there but there was so much truth that people were members of the CPP-NPA or MNLF. These were the true facts that led to the imprisonment of top members of the CPP-NPA or MNLF. Today, the Philippines is not a communist country. This is probably the reason why Michael Xiao Chua is a grumpier historian, say Romeo Alquisola (Cebu Church Staff).

  • Santiago Del Mundo
    27 September 2018 at 1:43 am - Reply

    While watching the TV Patrol news this evening, I saw Conchita Carpio Morales talking schmuck against Juan Ponce Enrile…why can’t he just live great by applying what he learned from EDSA 1? According to Aurelio Amilao (Traveler-La Union), you have to be dumber that the squirrel to believe that people benefitted from EDSA 1?