Militants prepare protest to mark Martial Law anniversary

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 19 2018 02:56 PM

MANILA -- Left-wing groups said they hoped to mobilize thousands in a rally on Friday to mark the 46th anniversary of the declaration of martial law.

Bayan, Bayan Muna and civil society groups will be joined by Martial Law victims and other sectoral groups as they stand against what they call "a looming dictatorship," the militant groups said in a statement.

The protesters will gather in different parts of Metro Manila before marching to Luneta at 4 p.m., according to the statement.

Former President Ferdinand Marcos declared martial law on Sept. 21, 1972 and ruled the country until February 1986, when he was ousted by a military-backed popular revolt.

The Marcos regime was hounded by allegations of corruption and torture. His heirs have denied the charges are on the verge of a comeback on the national political scene.

The Presidential Commission on Good Government estimates $10 billion were stolen from public coffers during the Marcos year. Only P170 billion has so far been recovered.

--report from Doris Bigornia, ABS-CBN News