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Monday, September 21, 2009

Ferdinand Marcos declares martial law in the Philippines
JURIST Staff at 12:01 AM ET

On September 21, 1972, President Ferdinand Marcos signed Proclamation 1081, implementing martial law in the Philippines. Marcos used the proclamation not only to suppress a communist insurgency but to eliminate political opponents as well. He remained in power until he was forced from office and into exile by the People Power Revolution in 1986.

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