In Manila over the weekend, there was little evidence of a military clampdown under the new proclamation of martial law.
In Manila over the weekend, there was little evidence of a military clampdown under the new proclamation of martial law. The average man in the street, apart from a midnight to four a.m. curfew, has not been affected by the state of emergency.
President Marcos has emphasised that martial law does not mean a takeover by the military. There are few troops to be seen in the streets, although large numbers surround the Presidential Palace manning barricades and checking vehicles.
The civil government and the judicial system in the Philippines continues to function as before, with police remaining responsible for law and order in the streets. With a pledge to wipe out internal corruption, President Marcos also stressed the need for public officials like policemen to carry out their duties without being overofficious. There were reports on Saturday that some enthusiastic police had been stopping youths in the streets and cutting their hair and discouraging girls from wearing mini skirts -- orders from the Presidential Palace soon halted the practice.
Throughout greater Manila and Pasay, workers have been put to cleaning anti-Government slogans from walls and billboards. One of the primary reasons for the initial declaration of martial law on Friday was the Government's growing fears of a communist rebellion in the country.
Checkpoints throughout the city conduct spot-searches for arms in cars -- a general order forbidding non-military personnel from carrying arms outside residences has been the first big crackdown on arms in the country's history.
President Marcos has also ordered that all light aircraft belonging to Philippine nationals be grounded. The same applies to all cargo ships and pleasure boats owned by Filipinos.