>> Wednesday, September 21, 2011
This day, 39 years ago made a mark in the annals of Philippine history when then President Ferdinand Edralin Marcos declared Martial Law by virtue of Proclamation No. 1081 placing the entire country under martial rule. It lasted until 1981. I consider myself a martial law baby since I was born during its existence. Since I was very young at that time, I have never felt how difficult it was for the Filipino people but reading about Ninoy and his plight to regain democracy again from the dictatorial regime of Marcos and the numerous human rights violation made me understand what it was all about. It was years of abuse of power and oppression. But thanks to the sacrifice of one man, Ninoy Aquino, the man labeled by Jovito Salonga as "the best president we never had." Democracy was once again restored and that is why I am enjoying its fruits up to this moment. With that freedom, I was given the choice to do what I want with my life, pursue what I want, say what I want. For this reason, I am able to enjoy things like blogging. Under the democratic regime, my right to self expression was once again protected and guaranteed by the Constitution.
Thank you Senator Benigno Aquino, Jr. for the legacy of freedom that I am enjoying.