ABOUT THE TIMELINE MAP PROJECT

On September 23, 2015, we remember the 43rd anniversary of the Declaration of Martial Law on September 23. The Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office (PCDSPO) has put together a timeline leading up to Martial Law, up to the downfall of the Marcos dictatorship, taken from the point of view of the people who lived through the events that have unfolded. The timeline relies on two types of sources: (1) first-hand accounts, diaries, and memoirs; and (2) biographies, news articles, peer-reviewed journals and academic books.

This timeline also draws from President Ferdinand E. Marcos’ diaries, as featured in the Philippine Diary Project. For contemporary accounts, we relied on the articles of the Philippines Free Press, and on books (enumerated in the bibliography).

In 2012, to remember the 40th anniversary, the PCDSPO live-tweeted the events that led to martial law, in sequence  and timed to match the pivotal events four decades past. That session of live tweetingand the research that went into ithas  expanded into an effort to publish an online timeline that will include more detailed accounts. This has since evolved into the collection of multimedia you can access below.  

We invite everyone to discuss and interpret Martial Law, based on the meticulous scrutiny of recent scholarship.

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