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Duterte's threat to extend martial law across the Philippines throws up the ghosts of Marcos' rule

Collective memory making an urgent task for Filipinos

Activists call for the lifting of martial law in the southern Philippine region of Mindanao during a protest march in Manila on June 12, Independence Day. (Photo by Angie de Silva)

 

Clarissa V Militante, Manila
Philippines

June 15, 2017

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There is a threat to expand the coverage of martial law in the southern Philippine region of Mindanao to include other parts of the country. The country's president said he would declare martial law if he hears of just one militant in Metro Manila.

There is no room for complacency, especially as far as human rights defenders, activists and social movements are concerned. But activists are wondering why the public seems not to be worried about the threat of martial law, although it is understood that there are contending views, particularly on the need for the declaration to address the conflict in Mindanao. 

Philippine history, however, should have generated a consciousness to resist military rule. Militarism has never sufficiently arrested conflicts and violence, even terrorism, in the past and should be scowled upon. Military responses often spawn violence that especially affects civilians. 

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