On September 21, 1972, former President Ferdinand Marcos signed Proclamation No. 1081 placing the entire Philippine archipelago under the state of Martial Law. Immediately upon its proclamation, all media outlets (tv, radio, newspapers) were closed, anyone who were against President Marcos were arrested including politicians and journalists. For the next 14 years, Filipinos suffered economic hardships, oppression and no guaranteed freedom.
Today as we celebrate another year of this momentous event, we should never forget the hardships and suffering our heroes have gone through to achieve our freedom from Marcos dictatorship. It is quite sad that we again elected another Marcos (Senator Ferdinand "Bong Bong" Marcos Jr.) in the Senate. It seems we have already forgotten how their family drove our country to what it is today, a sick man of Asia.