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A Martial Law Book

That Rappler piece about the Edsa Uprising (EDSA an End of an Era and an Inspiration) prompted some friends to push me about a plan to write a book on martial law history. Atty. Lourdes Barcenas said her husband Mocring is now preparing one for 2022 -- the 50th year since Sept. 21, 1972.

Democrito Barcenas is a former Cebu OIC vice governor, a human rights lawyer, and Cebu head of the late senator Pepe Diokno’s Kaakbay. Mocring is also one of my wedding sponsors.

I urge readers to help by giving me feedback, even more information, on what they want to read. Take for instance the following:

• The dispersal of the Human Rights Rally at Fuente Osmeña of December 1980. Police authorities arrested Fr. Rudy Romano and brought him to the Ramos Police Station. Pepe Diokno, a speaker at the Redemptorist Rotunda, was already at the Mactan airport when he heard of the news. He returned to Cebu City and got Fr. Rudy released.

• The Freedom Marches with Inday Nita Cortes-Daluz and national opposition leaders in Cebu City in 1980-81.

• The Jogging Protests and reenactment shortly after the assassination of Ninoy Aquino.

• The Danao-Cebu City Marcos Resign march and the Carcar-Cebu City Boycott March.

• Violence at the Capitol. Authorities guarding the counting of the 1984 Batasang Pambansa elections shot at a huge opposition rally and killed a 17-year-old youth named Raul Pintoy. The ensuing riot ended at dawn.

• The Visayan Glass labor strike that saw 1) the birth of KMU in Cebu City and 2) the first time the police used tear gas here.

• The free Cebu media with information as relayed by the late Job Tabada.

• Violent dispersal of the multisectoral rally at Camp Sergio Osmeña.

• The 4-day transport strike in October 1984. This could spin off into a separate book with an initial account published in a personal blog post.

• The abduction of Fr. Rudy Romano in Tisa, Cebu City. I will have enough time for this book. I am staying at home most of the time hopefully before election campaign-related chores. Please email me at 


I learned the first batch of Sinovac will be injected on health workers at the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (VSMMC) this March 3, 2021. The lack of publicity about vaccination plans in Cebu City and the province makes many Cebuanos pessimistic, though.

(Emmanuel Mongaya is co-founder and director for strategic PR of PRWorks Inc. He is also a member of the Political Officers League of the Philippines or POLPhil. DM @anol_cebu.)