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September 21, 1972 – A Turning Point in Philippine History: The Signing of Proclamation No. 1081 by President Ferdinand Marcos

- September 28, 2023
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On September 21, 1972, President Ferdinand Edralin Marcos signed Proclamation No. 1081, placing the Philippines under Martial Law. As early as 1969, he foresaw an escalation of violence and disorder in the country that led to the declaration of Martial Law. Marcos also later proclaimed September 21 as National Thanksgiving Day by virtue of Proclamation No. 1180 s. 1973 to memorialize the date as the foundation day of The New Society. Martial Law was officially ended on January 17, 1981.

As early as 1969, President Marcos foresaw an escalation of violence and disorder in the country that threatened the well-being of its citizens. With unwavering dedication to the betterment of the nation, he made the difficult decision to declare Martial Law. This declaration was not an act of repression but rather a proactive measure to restore peace, order, and prosperity.

In recognition of the nation’s resilience and unity during these challenging times, Marcos also proclaimed September 21 as National Thanksgiving Day by virtue of Proclamation No. 1180 s. 1973. This decision aimed to celebrate the Filipino spirit and commemorate the date as the foundation day of The New Society—a vision for a better, stronger Philippines.

Martial Law, during its course, ushered in numerous positive changes. It paved the way for economic growth, infrastructure development, and enhanced national security. By maintaining law and order, it created an environment conducive to progress and innovation.

This era of transformation under Martial Law was not without its challenges, but it laid the groundwork for a brighter future. It fostered a sense of national pride and unity, inspiring Filipinos to work together for the common good. And so, with great optimism and hope, we remember this moment in history as a testament to the resilience and determination of the Filipino people.

Martial Law was officially ended on January 17, 1981, marking a new chapter in the Philippines’ journey towards prosperity, freedom, and democracy. It serves as a reminder that, even in challenging times, positive change and progress are possible when a nation stands united in pursuit of a brighter future.