Martial Law in the Philippines has always been a subject of debate. Marcos loyalists say there was economic glory, admirable peace and order, and Philippines was greater than its neighbors.

But those who suffered under the regime of dictator Ferdinand Marcos emphasize that it was a dark period in Philippine history; there where countless human rights violations, brutal killings, wide-scale corruption, and abuse of power.

Amid these varying points, and 30 years after the EDSA People Power revolt that pushed Marcos out of power, millennials ask: could there be a 'good martial law'?

General Jose Almonte, who has an established career in the military prior the EDSA Revolution and who was tasked by the late President Corazon Aquino to help recover Marcoses' hidden wealth, said military rule delivered good changes in other countries but not in the Philippines.

Martial rule is good only "if the regime is really dedicated to promote national interest, rather than interest of family, cronies, of friends," said Almonte.

"This is the difference," he added, comparing the case of South Korea and the Philippines.

In 1972, around the time Marcos declared Martial law, South Korea's Park Chung Hee declared martial law. He ruled for 18 years and institutionalized changes before he was assassinated in 1979. His daughter, Park Geun Hye is South Korea's current president.

Almonte also cited the case of Singapore, under the rule of Lee Kuan Yew.

"Singaporean people...it was ensured they are served," said Almonte.

What happened in the Philippines, Almonte said, was the opposite.

"Martial Law if used for the people, it could have some benefits. But the problem is this: the temptation to use it for personal gain is very
great. That's the danger. And apparently, for all the intelligence of
the late president Marcos, his heart was not equal to the challenge," said Almonte.

Human rights lawyer and former Senator Rene Saguisag meanwhile said Marcos' intent was not good from the start.

"Noon pa lang nagbukas noong 1968 ng 'William Saunders' and 'Jane Ryan' accounts," Saguisag said, referring to the Swiss bank accounts the Marcos couple set up, just two years after Ferdinand became president.

"The whole intention was really evil," added singer-songwriter Jim Paredes.

Tweets from some netizens however reflect otherwise.

"Napanis ang diwa ng EDSA. Si Macoy lang ang nawala. Ang mga ills ng pre-EDSA nanatili," said Cecilia Reynon.

Dennis Zarauz also said: "Seemingly the EDSA flame is flickering and burning out slowly."

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