Vice President Leni Robredo on Saturday told students to be vigilant as signs of dictatorship "are happening again."
"What we need are our collective daily acts of kindness, respect for people's rights and servant leadership. These realizations are critical today when there are signs that some of the things we talked about are happening again," Robredo said in a speech delivered before senior high school students of the University of Santo Tomas.
Robredo gave the students a crash course in the martial law era under President Ferdinand Marcos, a time she described as oppressive and full of lies.
The vice president then drew parallels between that time and now.
"The media is under attack. Those who speak dissent are bullied or trolled in real life or social media. The people are arrested, tortured and killed because they are on the drug list," Robredo said.
"The lies had continued until today," she added but did not mention who is spreading them.
The vice president then asked the students not to forget about the lessons of the EDSA Revolution, and urged them to do their part in protecting human rights.
Marcos' son, former senator Bongbong Marcos, filed an electoral protest against Robredo's vice presidential victory in the 2016 elections.