A video circulating online is making claims about the alleged “truth” behind the declaration of Martial Law and another on former senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr’s supposed ties with communists.

Posted by a TikTok user on May 16 and reshared by FB page Pilipinas Ngayon the following day, the video claims that:

  • The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) conducted several killings and bombings and blamed these on former dictator Ferdinand Marcos Sr.’s administration;
  • Opposition senator Ninoy Aquino was a member of the CPP; and
  • The declaration of Martial Law had to undergo approval from Congress.

Not true. Aquino is not a member of the communist party. A Marcos defector revealed the Philippine Army conducted bombings and psyops to blame these on communists and to justify Martial Law. Only the president can declare Martial Law, but Marcos had to hijack Congress to create a new constitution that expanded his powers.

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