A Resolution on the Restoration of Civil Political Liberties and the Dismantling of the Machinery of Martial Law

General Assembly 
May 21-26, 1978

 

WHEREAS, as a church body, the United Church of Christ in the Philippines should make a clear and forthright stand on the prevailing crucial issue which confronts the Philippine society at the present time:

WHEREAS, this prevailing crucial issue relates to the suppression and curtailment of  the civil and political liberties of the citizens under the domination of Martial Law;

WHEREAS, it is in keeping with the democratic tradition of the evangelical churches in the Philippines that these civil and political liberties be restored and the machinery of Martial Law scuttled;

WHEREAS, the system of one-man rule or of total concentration of power in one man is anathema to the full growth and enrichment of a Christian community and oppressive to the challenges of a creative and responsible Christian discipleship;

WHEREAS, most of the elected members of the Interim Batasang Pambansa (IBP) have come out for the lifting of Martial Law;

THEREFORE: It is hereby resolved by the General Assembly in plenary session, that its will and desire in this regard be duly noted and made of record—in that this church body is against the perpetration of a one-man rule in the country; that it is for the immediate restoration of all the and political liberties of the citizens; and that it is for the immediate dismantling of the machinery of Martial Law in the country.

 

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Ref. General Assembly, May 21-26, 1978, Action 78-119 p. 34.
The resolution is in General Assembly, May 21-26, 1978, Appendix XXI, pp. 552-553
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6 thoughts on “A Resolution on the Restoration of Civil Political Liberties and the Dismantling of the Machinery of Martial Law”

  1. Hello,the resolution regarding the restoration of civil political independence and the abolition of military law machinery is truly excellent. This resists the full development and enrichment of the Christian community and the challenges of a creative and responsible Christian disciple. I am going to take me time and do a further research on all of this and educate myself more on this topic. Thanks for the information contained in this post

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    • Thanks, Parveen for participating in the discussion of this resolution on two concerns: Restoration of Civil Political Liberties and the Dismantling of the Machinery of Martial Law. As you mentioned, the Martial Law resists the full development and enrichment of the Christian community and the challenges of a creative and responsible Christian disciple. 

      The resolution aims to resolve the malady the Martial Law gives to the whole people regardless of whether they are Christians or they belong to other religions or they are not a member of any religion. The human rights violations don’t exempt anyone from any race, culture or religion. It is pervasive and victimizes anyone.

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  2. Wow this is incredible, I never knew that a Christian church could have this much of a say in a countries government, what a great resolution. Was the Philippines ruled by the military at that time? Well I do not know much about this this history, just heard of it in bits and pieces, I am going to take me time and do a further research on all of this and educate myself more on this topic. Thanks for the information contained in this post, I never knew as much. 

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    • Thanks, Sam. Yes, former President Ferdinand Marcos declared Martial Lay on September 21, 1972, and it lasted for years.

      As to my memory that’s the time fear set in every place until this day. I was ten years old during that year and I know how it is to be free as a bird in the jungles. Now, the effect is long-lasting nobody can just go to the jungle and hunt, you may encounter a fierce element of nice people around or military and you cannot safely go home.

      There were human rights violations as to the writing of this resolution.

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  3. Many thanks to you for sharing such an excellent article with us. The resolution regarding the restoration of civil political independence and the abolition of military law machinery is truly excellent. This resists the full development and enrichment of the Christian community and the challenges of a creative and responsible Christian disciple. Martial law deals with suppressing and undermining citizens’ and political freedom. Resolution is crucial for restoring civic political responsibility and the marital law system .Citizens should be aware of political rights and I am very aware of my political rights.

    Lastly, I hope that by reading your articles, everyone will gain a lot of knowledge and will definitely share their new experiences with you.

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    • Thanks, Shanta. This resolution is part of our church history and it’s good to read about it and understand where we were once in the malady of the Martial Law years.

      We are happy that our fellow believers in Christ have this resolution passed during their own time and that it inspires us today in our movement a Christians.

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