After nearly five years of martial law, Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos has introduced some liberal measures designed to improve his government's image.
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Background: After nearly five years of martial law, Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos has introduced some liberal measures designed to improve his government's image.
President Marcos has ordered the release of 500 people detained without charges as suspect common criminal and security offenders.
A total of 175 detainees were released on Thursday without any charges as part of the 500 from the military detention centre.
Mr. Marcos announced earlier that there were 4,624 in military detention under the martial law powers since he took power in September 1972. He said there was none inside for political views, but held on suspicion of rebellion, subversion and similar offences.
Among the released on Thursday, seven of them were foreigners who included Australian, British, Canadian, New Zealand, German, and South American nationality.
The actual phasing out of military courts has not yet been announced though the President has called on them to speed up the trial of those cases, including the trial of former senator Benigno Aquino, held since the beginning of martial law on charges of murder, illegal possession of arms and subversion.