On the anniversary of Martial Law, Bongbong Marcos defends his father’s rule:
MANILA, Philippines – Martial law implemented during the rule of then-President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. benefited the country, his son said on Tuesday.
Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos said “objective indicators” such as the poverty rate, the Philippines’ international status, and the government’s financial situation while his father was in power show that the country was in better days then.
He added that the government leaders should learn from his father.
He said one of the lessons taught by Martial Law is that “if political will is properly exercised, nothing is impossible.”
The late strongman issued Proclamation 1081 that placed the country under martial law on September 21, 1972.
According to this book, some 2,500 families in the mid-1970s supported themselves through scavenging. Same book also mentioned that Filipino authorities at the time were “quite hostile” against scavengers.