Office of the Vice President
21 September 2017
On September 23rd, 45 years will have passed since Ferdinand E. Marcos announced the declaration of martial law, an act that for the next 14 years would plunge our nation into abuse, corruption, and dictatorship.
Few Filipinos now lived through those dark times, when democracy died, and through force and fear, the nation was compelled to accept its passing quietly. Majority of our younger generations now know of those days of despair only from textbooks, or stories, or worse, from the fabrications of those who would see tyranny return.
These fabrications are dangerous for our people. If we do not remember the past, we are condemned to repeat it. Sadly, those who are deceived do not even know that they are walking a doomed path.
This is where our struggle lies today. Remembering the dark past helps our people prevent the same perils from ensnaring our nation once more.
Our bitter experience under Martial Rule taught us the terrible cost of cowardice, complacency, and collusion in the face of rising tyranny.
It is our fervent hope and prayer that this is a lesson we do not need to learn again.