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Malaya Canada marks 50th anniversary of Philippine Martial Law

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Marissa Corpus, Spokesperson of Malaya Canada

Malaya Canada Marks 50th Anniversary of Philippine Martial Law

Winnipeg, Manitoba – The Malaya Movement in Canada is marking the 50th anniversary of the declaration of martial law in the Philippines with its public event called Martial Law (ML) @50. It was in September of 1972 that then Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos, Sr. declared martial law over the entire country. Martial law was the dark period in Philippine history, characterized by gross human rights violations well documented by Philippine and international human rights organizations.

Malaya Canada’s ML@50 program will be held on Friday, September 16, 2022, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Valour Community Centre Orioles Site, 448 Burnell Street, Winnipeg. The program is open to the public.

Ms. Malaya Marcelino, the MLA for Notre Dame, Winnipeg will open the program and welcome the organizers, participants, martial law survivors and their families to the host city of Winnipeg. The keynote speakers for ML@50 are Ms. Bibeth Orteza, Filipino writer, director, and Chairperson of the Concerned Artists of the Philippines and Danilo “Ka Daning” Ramos, Secretary General of the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (Peasant Movement of the Philippines).

The Malaya Movement is a Canada-wide organization of Filipinos who have come together to defend genuine freedom and democracy, uphold comprehensive human rights, and assert Philippine sovereignty.  Malaya Canada believes that Martial Law is a period in the Filipino people’s history that must not be forgotten and must not be allowed to happen again. 

On the following days, Sept 17-18, Bayan Canada, the alliance of progressive Filipino organizations across Canada will hold its Third Bayan Congress at the same venue. All are welcome to attend the first day of the Bayan Congress, which is open to the public.

Registration and more info can be found here  

MALAYA Movement in Canada