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June 12 Under Marcos’ Martial Law and How it’s Going to be with the Namesake

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welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

Former President Diosdado Macapagal moved Independence Day from July 4 to June 12. Ferdinand Marcos was a senator during the Macapagal administration. He was one of the supporters of this decision for a new date of Philippine independence. Marcos continued to celebrate it even during martial law from September 1972. It remains the same to this date under the Du30 administration.

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Formal Speeches

The late President Marcos commemorated the Philippines’ Independence Day with presidential speeches. Usual ceremonies were done on this public holiday. Such events were usually held in Manila. The ceremonial flag-raising ceremony and a parade were part of the tradition. Philippine flags were also displayed during official ceremonies in historic places in the country.

Lifting of Martial Law

In 1980, Marcos lifted martial law and delivered an Independence Day speech at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila. He and te first lady hoisted the Philippine flag at Rizal Park. Other Philippine flags were raised at the Aguinaldo Shrine in Cavite, Fort Bonifacio, and at the Bonifacio Monument in Quezon City.

Democracy Preservation

Marcos defended the implementation of martial law, saying that it was needed in to preserve the country’s democracy and maintain its stability. it was during the martial law that the golden era was experienced by the law-abiding citizens. Armed authorities were everywhere but the people can safely loiter before the curfew.

One Goal

The current President and former President Marcos have one common goal when they declared Martial Law. This is to save the country from the rebellion which has great influence from international factors such as communism during the time of Marcos and terrorism at the present time. Meanwhile, Bongbong Marcos is also a great speaker but it is evident in his speeches how he believes in the Filipino people. His special message on this auspicious day is to not forget the heroes who gave their lives so we may have freedom. Under his leadership, patriotism can go more intense that it is now.

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