Malacañang showed support on Monday of the idea of tackling the martial law era of the Philippines in the academe. 

The language, literature, and culture of the country under martial law will be discussed at the University of the Philippines (UP). 

“That’s good if it’s a subject matter; every student should know and learn any subject that concerns governance,” presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said at a news conference. 

Panelo reacted this after the news about the UP’s plan to offer a general education subject regarding the martial law in the country: “Philippine Studies 21: Wika, Panitikan, at Kultura sa Ilalim ng Batas Militar”—a status during the administrations of Ferdinand Marcos, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, and incumbent Rodrigo Duterte. 

Philippine Martial Law

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Marcos enforced his ruling of martial law from 1972 to 1981, an era imprinted by massive human rights violations through killings and disappearances assigned by state forces. 

In 2009, Arroyo also implemented the combative order in Mindanao to suppress the alleged Ampatuan clan in killing political opponents and several journalists. 

Duterte, on the other hand, declared it in 2017 in Mindanao to subdue the threats of the terror group ISIS in the Philippines. 

Although initially valid for only 60 days, Duterte requested to extend the martial law in the region thrice. It’s due will be on December 31, 2019. 


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