LUTONG MACOY: Philippine Elections under the Marcos Regime, Comparisons and Lessons for Today

by xiaochua


Karagdagang papel na binuo bilang karagdagan para sa For Democracy and Human Rights exhibit, ng Center for Youth Networking and Advocacy at ng Friedrich Ebert Stiftung na naging opisyal na exhibit ng ika-40 anibersaryo ng Proklamasyon ng Batas Militar sa Pilipinas noomg 21 Setyembre 1972 ng Never Again Remember Martial Law@40 Committee.  Para sa nalalapit na halalan 2013, ang eksibit ay nasa Taytay Municipal Hall, Taytay, Rizal mula 29 Abril hanggang 3 Mayo 2013:


Philippine Elections under the Marcos Regime,

Comparisons and Lessons for Today

By Michael Charleston “Xiao” Chua and John Joshua Duldulao

In many interviews, Former First Lady Imelda Marcos used to boast, “Martial law is the most democratic time in Philippine History.”  She claimed that during her husband’s administration, there were a number of elections held for 3 Million elected positions throughout the archipelago, so it was not really a time of dictatorship.  How can there be a dictatorship if there were elections and consultative assemblies?  This presentation is about key events that happened in relation to elections held under the regime of Ferdinand Marcos as President of the Philippines.  These stories will show us how a democratic process such as the elections can be appropriated by a dictatorship to show that it has legitimacy.


Also we would look at what changes happened after People Power and the ouster of Marcos, and how these changes affect today’s elections.  We would see that People Power improved the electoral situation as compared to elections held under Marcos.  It democratized participation, but not as much as we desire it to be, “Lutong Macoy,” under new and improved ways, seems to still exist.  But hope is seen in the continued participation and commitment of the Filipino people to clean, honest and orderly elections.

Read all:  Lutong Macoy The Marcos Elections.

Para sa katalogo at iba pang papel ni Xiao Chua kaugnay ng For Democracy and Human Rights exhibit:

Michael Charleston “Xiao” Chua is currently Assistant Professor of History at the De La Salle University Manila and is a regular TV historical commentator.  John Joshua Duldulao is Program Officer of the Pipol Power Institute, Inc. and a member of the Young Public Servants—YouthVotePhilippines.