Third Journal Entry

Salvaged Memories — Randalf Dilla

Last Wednesday, September 21, 2016, I was blessed to attend a seminar about Campus Paper Management at Philippine Normal University (PNU), and one of the concerns discussed was the declaration of Martial law.

September 21, 1972 — Martial Law was declared by former president Ferdinand Marcos, in fact, this was already planned as early as May 17, 1969.

One of my favorite mental exercises, which others may find useful, is to foresee possible problems one may have to face in the future and to determine what solutions can possibly be made to meet these problems.
For instance, if I were suddenly asked, to pose a given situation, to decide in five minutes when and where to suspend the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus, I have decided that there should be at least five questions that I would ask, and depending on the answers to these five questions, I would know when and where to suspend the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus.
The same thing is true with the declaration of martial law […] It is a useful mental exercise to meet a problem before it happens.

I’ve always found history fascinating and interesting, but how come I didn’t know much about this? Even though now I am somehow enlightened, I still seek for more. From 1972 to 1981, Filipino people had to endure the pain of confinement under the power of the government and the military, some were abducted and tortured, and some were victims of extrajudicial killings, horror ruled Philippines back then.

But the reign of terror was ended by a man, who used no force nor violence, no bloodshed, but with just a paper, and an inked pen, the truth was exposed; because of a journalist — Jose Burgos Jr. Not all battles are won with bullets, Burgos fought for freedom with words.

Jose Burgos Jr. was the leading symbol of the mosquito press/alternative press — the term in journalism coined during Martial Law; he was no knight in shining armor, nor a living Hercules, but by simply proclaiming the truth, democracy prevailed over the power of Marcos.

By this I can conclude, that the pen is truly mightier than a sword, and that violence isn’t a way to resolve a conflict, but with the truth, freedom will unveil. Hopefully you could realize that the freedom upon us, costed the lives of people who fought for it.