No-No to Martial Law; "In Order to Obtain and Hold Power, a Man Must Love It." - Leo Tolstoy
Byline: HECTOR R.R. VILLANUEVA
IT takes a brilliant legal mind and adequate military background to pull it off, and consolidate power with blitzkrieg alacrity.
This President Ferdinand Marcos had successfully accomplished with his declaration of martial law which the people had initially welcomed for its novelty in Philippine politics.
Alas, once the human "termites" and cronies had started their demolition job, since absolute power corrupts absolutely, the Marcos authoritarian regime eventually withered on the vine from corruption and military abuses, and its demise sealed with the brutal murder of Senator Ninoy Aquino.
As they say, the rest is …
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Publication information: Article title: No-No to Martial Law; "In Order to Obtain and Hold Power, a Man Must Love It." - Leo Tolstoy. Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: Manila Bulletin. Publication date: March 7, 2008. Page number: Not available. © 2009 Manila Bulletin Publishing Corp. COPYRIGHT 2008 Gale Group.
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