The Philippines will have martial law for at least another eighteen months. President Ferdinand Marcos?
The Philippines will have martial law for at least another eighteen months. President Ferdinand Marcos who'd said he'd end it this year, now says the time isn't right. he told a news conference on Friday (14 September) intelligence reports indicated it wouldn't be wise to lift martial law at the moment, because of the effect of the world economic crisis on the Philippines and he continued civil unrest by moslem secessionists in the south of the country. The Philippines have been under martial law for seven years and President Marcos has come under increasing pressure to dismantle his martial law regime and set a firm timetable for a return to normality. Much of the pressure has come from Church leaders, including the Archbishop of Manila Cardinal Jaime Sin..
SYNOPSIS: Speaking from his official residence Cardinal Sin said a timetable was essential.
Later at his own news conference in the Malacanang Palace President Marcos explained his decision to continue with martial law.