By Raïssa Robles
Little did I know it could happen this soon.
Instead of Marcos’ Martial Law remaining as history, the possibility seems to be growing stronger that it could turn into a developing story.
It’s difficult explaining this.
Instead, let me share a Chapter in my book – Advent of the New Society. It contains the sub-chapter The Road to Martial Law, which details what Marcos did to secretly prepare for the declaration of Martial Law.
Then compare Marcos’ moves to President Rodrigo Duterte’s moves.
My publisher, Filipinos for a Better Philippines, has been kind enough to let me share it publicly for free.
You can download the entire Chapter and even share it with your friends and relatives by clicking on this link.
Please keep in mind that Martial Law was simply a means for Marcos to stop all dissent so that he could go to the next and more important step of imposing authoritarian rule, which you can also call a revolutionary government.
Sources have told me that people around President Rodrigo Duterte have been egging him to move and set up a revolutionary government.
One of them is likely his Presidential Communications Assec Mocha Uson, who posted the following yesterday. In all my years of reporting, I have never seen or heard a presidential palace underling utter opinions like this.
When I read it, the impression I got was that Uson was inciting to rebellion. Not rebellion against the President but rebellion against the current Republic. Just like what Marcos did in 1972 — a self-coup.
I was told that there are at least two hold-outs in the Duterte cabinet. One is Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana. The other is Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III, the latter because he is worried about its effects on the economy.
This is one time that it’s hard to predict what will happen next. Will he declare Martial Law? Or there might even be no need to declare Martial Law since he has Congress, the Supreme Court and the majority of the population cowed and open to to his bidding.
He can simply go right ahead and put up a revolutionary government.
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By the way, to those in Manila who would want a hard copy of my book, the Bookmark booth at the Manila International Book Fair is carrying it. The MIBF is until Sunday.
Each book has a written message from me.