History repeats itself
"Can history repeat itself?"
In our HEKASI class we learned about the misery of martial law which was enforced during the Marcos regime. We really have not witnessed it because it was in the 80's. We've seen rallies, demonstrations on the streets and destructive dispersals. It was so fearful, nobody wants it to happen again.
But just recently, while we were watching over our television, something caught our attention. We saw a woman being pushed harshly then slapped on her face by a cop. We also saw a man--a demonstrator who was punched two times while under the custody of two other policemen. What a dismay! Is this already a shadow of martial law?
Today, there is "no permit no rally policy," but here and there with or without permits, oppositionists, militant groups, the "common tao" can be seen on the streets once more. They are shouting with all their might asking the president to step down.
Government officials are not allowed to testify before the senate for clarification of some important issues. Even officers and men in uniform are also in the same boat--without permission from the chief-of-staff it is unlawful to be before the legislative body. If they won't obey, a court martial is offered to them.