Essay about Martial Law

643 Words Mar 5th, 2011 3 Pages
By definition, Martial Law is the temporary superimposition of military government over civil government. This military-run government is put into place in the event of war or serious national emergencies.
During such times, the military and its accompanying superiors take over the executive, legislative and judicial functions normally delegated to the civil government by virtue of its constitution. As a consequence, the writ habeas corpus, or the right of an individual in custody to be brought to court to determine whether such incarceration is lawful, may be suspended indefinitely. This suspension of individual rights denies the person due process of law.
Many reasons can be brought forward to explain why a government can bring forth
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Those were dark times indeed. As the write of habeas corpus was suspended, the military picked up and incarcerated many innocent civilians on trumped up charges of sedition. More often than not, these people were convicted without trial, and denied the due process of law. Curfew was imposed leaving many stranded in their offices, unable to return to the refuge of their homes.
The right to assembly was also withheld, prompting many student and labor organizations to disband amidst threats of arrest. The government controlled media and all its related resources; the successive right to freedom of speech was non-existent. The law as it was intended to be simply ceased to be, all that existed was the whim of a dictator who sat with the entire nation in his grasp.
It was during these hard times that the patriotic spirit of the Filipinos rekindled, many brave souls faced the darkness and denounced the abuses being performed on the Filipino people under the guise of Martial Law.
However, the power of the dictator and his cronies were too great, slowly the corruption and greed overwhelmed the new heroes. Many of these patriots "mysteriously" disappeared only to reappear as corpses. Many were incarcerated for many years, denied the right to defend themselves in court. Those who were too influential such as the case of Ninoy Aquino, were simply sent away, exiled to foreign

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