Hontiveros, Pimentel Wears Black for 50th Martial Law Anniversary

For the 50th Anniversary of Martial Law, Senator Hontiveros, Pimentel Wears Black

Senator Risa Hontiveros, Senator Koko Pimentel, and their staff wear black shirts during the 50th anniversary of Martial Law on Wednesday.

To commemorate that terrible time in Philippine history, various anti-Marcos organizations and student bodies will wear black shirts on Wednesday, September 21, 2022. In order to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law, student councils all around the country advised their members to don black on campus.

The Deputy Minority Leader, Risa Hontiveros, and their staff were seen in what looks to be a photo that the Senate Minority Leader published. On the 50th anniversary of the Philippines’ declaration of martial law, they all donned black.

“Minority 🖤,” Pimentel captioned the Twitter post.

Hontiveros Pimentel Black

On September 21, 1972, until January 17, 1981, the nation was allegedly put under martial law by the late president and alleged tyrant Ferdinand Marcos Sr. in an effort to put an end to the communist uprising and restore order. However, as his second term as president was due to expire at the time, some contend that it was his attempt to prolong his tenure.

Curfews were implemented throughout this nine-year period, public gatherings were prohibited, and the writ of habeas corpus—a judicial tool that shields people from unjust arrests and indefinite detentions—was suspended.

Along with other things, Martial Law resulted in restrictions on civil rights and freedoms, an increase in extrajudicial killings and unsolved disappearances, media repression, and economic crisis.

During this time, the word “salvage,” which originally meant “to save,” also entered the local lexicon and came to represent “extralegal killings.” According to the London-based Amnesty Organization, “about 3,200 people were killed” and “around 70,000 people were imprisoned and 34,000 were tortured” during its installation.

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