safety of their homes and march into the streets to rid themselvesof a dictator, who, they very well knew could not save a nation. The colorful stories told about the Marcos dictatorship,though mostly dark and morbid, are like scenes in a dramaticmovie. But the legal backdrop for the declaration of martial law isunfortunately, not taken with much interest by many people,except those probably in the legal community. However, noteven all those belonging in the legal community are aware of theimpact of the judiciary’s action during the period of martial law.As evidenced by a remark made by a member of the BatasangPambansa during class, he “was not familiar [with the doctrinelaid down in] the
case.”It is notable that all resource persons interviewed duringclass have claimed that there was indeed social unrest prior andduring Marcos’ term as president. The most comprehensive of alllectures, however, was that delivered by Justice Vicente V.Mendoza. In his lecture
, Justice Mendoza, then working as alawyer in the Office of the Solicitor General, gave a shortbackground of the period prior to the declaration of martial law.From his narration one could see how the events that transpiredled to a constitutional monarchy under the Marcos regime.According to Justice Mendoza, a constitutional conventionwas called in 1970 because the status quo could not be
Martial Law class, 24 February 2011.