Today marks the 39th anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law in the Philippines by the late President Ferdinand Marcos.
He signed Proclamation No. 1081 (Proclaiming a State of Martial Law in the Philippines) on September 21, 1972. It meant the imposition of military rule over designated areas during an emergency. It is usually only temporary but the Philippines was under Martial Law from 1972 to 1981. Marcos and his family fled in February 1986 after his regime was toppled by a military uprising that gained popular support, which is more popularly known as EDSA People Power Revolution.