Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos rejected on Monday (10 September) calls to end the seven years long imposition of Martial Law.
Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos rejected on Monday (10 September) calls to end the seven years long imposition of Martial Law. But he announced an amnesty for fifteen hundred prisoners, and the phasing out of all military tribunals set up under Martial Law. Three days earlier (7 September), former President Diosdado macapagal and six associates, including two former congressmen, were charged by military authorities with sedition and rumour mongering. The charges arose from publication of a book written by the former Head of State in 1976, called "Democracy in the philippines". The book is alleged to have urged the armed forces to rise against President Marcos and to call for free elections and an end to Martial Law. A preliminary hearing is set for Wednesday (12 September) and if convicted, the seven accused face up to six years in prison. Mr Macapagal whose call is echoed by groups including the Roman Catholic clergy, told a luncheon in Manila that the President has violated assurance made to him in 1976 that he would not be arrested if the book were published.