Memory & Martial Law lecture series by Dr Jose Ma Edito K Tirol
The Department of History, together with the Hi 172 elective class of Dr. Jose Ma. Edito K. Tirol, invites everyone to a series of public lectures on "Memory and Martial Law in the Philippines."
These lectures are open to everyone (students, faculty, staff, professionals, alumni, and guests from other schools and universities), and are designed to cover different aspects of the period.
There will be an open forum after each lecture.
To say that Martial Law was just another event in Philippine history is an understatement. From the beginning, it was a deliberately planned takeover of a democratic government that began with the neutralization of institutions and individuals that could oppose it. For the next fourteen years, the economy was plundered, information controlled, and human life taken for granted by the very agents of the law sworn to protect it. To say that Martial Law was the action of one man is an understatement. Rather, Martial Law enabled specific Filipinos and their families to act with impunity, transforming public resources into private benefit.
The greater tragedy of Martial Law, however, is not the lack of legal accountability. It is the lack of memory itself. Over thirty years since the overthrowing of the dictatorship, the place of Martial Law in history, if not the very facts behind Martial Law, are still being challenged. This lecture discusses the nature and role of social memory in studying Martial Law, from how we as a nation have remembered since EDSA, the consequences of forgetting, and where we need to go today.