Meet Abu Bakar, 66 years old, a retired professor and educator. Among the people who saw the brutality of Martial Law. Listen to his narratives. "Minsan na kaming nahuli sa Maynila dahil inabutan kami ng curfew, galing kami nung sa isang meeting para sa mga planong naming demonstrasyon at rally. Buti nalang may naipakita kaming student ID at naniwala sa amin ang yung mga pulis na wala kaming pamasahe pauwi kaya inabutan kami ng gabi sa daan. Pinalaya rin kami. Pero hindi lahat kasing palad namin. Pag-uwi ko sa Mindanao, dalawang mata ko mismo ang nakakakita sa mga pang-aabusong ginagawa sa mga mamamayan, mapa Moro man o hindi. Isa sa mga kasama kong napag-bintangan na kasama sa rebolusyon ay nakita kong ginawang ash tray ng mga dumakip sa kanya habang sila ay nag-iinuman. Ang mga mga kakabaihan ay itinuring nilang mas mababa ang halaga kesa sa kamatis, dinadampot at inaabuso. Wala kang makikitang lalaking naglalakad sa mga daan dahil takot na damputin at mapagkamalan. Alam mong mali ngunit hindi ka pwedeng magtanung, wala kang karapatan. Pag nagtanung ka, ikaw na ang susunod. Mapait ang buhay sa Martial Law pero ito rin ang nagbigay sa atin ng kamulatan. Nagising tayo. Kung hindi yun nangyari, hindi magiging kasing tamis para sa atin ang ang kalayaan at demokrasya.”

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