Netizens reflect on September 21, #MartialLaw and #PeaceDay
MANILA, Philippines – Peace.
On the International Day of Peace, the Philippines also look back at the declaration of Martial law or Proclamation 1081.
Forty-three years ago, the Philippines was ruled by a dictator and various forms of human rights violations were rife. (READ: #NeverForget: Martial Law stories the youth need to hear)
Netizens discussed what that period meant to them and their families. Rappler and Move.PH held a Twitter conversation to see what people had to say about the past and about peace.
Dominique Espinosa observed:
Jerome Panibio wrote:
Martial law was never the best years of this nation #MartialLaw— jerome panibio (@jeromepanibio) September 21, 2015
One's choice of entertainment was not spared. Teddy Pavon recalls:
Even fashion had to be circumspect.
During #MartialLaw takot kaming magsuot nang yellow colored clothing kasi baka mapag kamalang kalaban.— Don Aldo♕ (@DonaldLalican) September 21, 2015
Joshua Pielago shared his parents' story:
My father was teargassed in Mendiola and contemplated joining the NPA. My parents went to Bahrain instead #MartialLaw— Joshua (@joshua_pielago) September 21, 2015
There was an interesting dialogue as well regarding Martial Law and its consequences, with netizens considering what would happen if Martial Law took place in this day and age:
If Martial Law happened now, many outspoken social media people would suddenly disappear one by one. If there was social media at all.— Jade (@Antifornicator) September 21, 2015
If #MartialLaw happened today, social media would be the first means of culling dissenters. That tweet against the admin would be your last.— Santiago Arnaiz (@TiagoArnaiz) September 21, 2015
JP raised an interesting question:
If #MartialLaw happened today, would the Filipino people finally break their apathy?— JP ➳ (@blocktux) September 21, 2015
Netizens like Angela Mercado, Seth, Bea Orante, Marianne Chua, kirvin de castro, and Lawrence San Diego also provided what they considered as lessons to be learned. Former Congressman Renato Reyes tweeted:
Raffy Magno had this to say:
Some, however, saw a bright side to the Martial Law era. They were highlighting the projects done by former president Ferdinand Marcos, while downplaying the debts and human rights violations accumulated during his term.
@MovePH We can't expect everyone to see only the dark side of Martial Law. Some people look at the brighter side of this part of history.— Abdel Hazziem B D (@iamziemoholic) September 21, 2015
The #PeaceDay discussion focused on the challenges to achieving peace, and what could be done to make it happen. Some netizens considered ignorance and misinformation as the main obstacles.
Misinformation. Evident in both houses during the Mamasapano hearings. Some of our legislators are not aware of our history. @MovePH— raffy magno (@raffymagno) September 21, 2015
Despite our shared past, many netizens were still optimistic that the Philippines could still achieve and maintain peace in the years to come.
Do you have any experiences from Martial Law that you would like to share with us? What lessons should we learn from Martial Law? What would you consider obstacles to peace? Let us know by commenting below. - Rappler.com