On September 21, 1972, then President Ferdinand Marcos (father of Sen. BongBong Marcos) signed Proclamation 1081 putting the entire Philippines under Martial Law. This would start the end of democracy in the Philippines. Congress was suspended including the judicial courts. People were being arrested (and disappearing) everyday including prominent politicians and personalities who were considered as a threat to the state and President Marcos. All prisoners were taken to military and police camps and were sentenced by a military court controlled by the state. It was only in 1981 that martial law was lifted and a new republic was established by Marcos. However this new republic would remain under the control of President Marcos. It was during this period that the Philippine economy suffered and was labeled by the international community as "The Sick Man of Asia".