Living under Martial Law in the Philippines

View the collection of transcripts on living under Martial Law in the Philippines.


These transcripts were interviewed by Kisho Tsuchiya

Interview With Dora

Dora discusses her childhood, education, teaching career in Mindanao, and her involvement with the student movements in the early 1970s, as well as how her political views changed after the fall of Marcos.

Interview With Eutiquio Gumayao

Eutiquio Gumayao discusses his life and career as a native Lumad man, after his education was disrupted by the second world war.

Interview With Saturnina Moncada

Saturnina Moncada discusses her childhood experiences during the Japanese Occupation, her career in the Del Monte Company, her marriage, and how contemporary youth are different from her generation.

Interview With Whisky

In this interview, Whisky discusses his experiences as a student activist-turned-spy for the military, then as an army ranger sniper, his committing summary killings, and his subsequent conviction for his crimes, imprisonment, and release.

Interview With Jennex

Jennex narrates her life since the 1990s, from her beginnings in southern Zamboanga and her movement to Cagayan de Oro, where she had three relationships and brushes with the law for drug abuse.

Interview With Brenda Valencia

Brenda Valencia discusses her move to Cagayan de Oro as a child, memories of living in fear during the Marcos regime’s martial law, and how her family business of smuggling prospered in Puerto during the late twentieth century.

Interview With Joan

Joan discusses her childhood, career and marriage.

Interview With Thelma V. Daigdigan

Thelma discusses the various difficulties she overcame to complete her education, and her personal life, from the 1950s.

Interview With Marilyn Namuag

Marilyn Namuag discusses the many challenges she overcame in her life, beginning with her parents’ divorce, financial struggles, her own marriage, and having to navigate the era of conflict between the government and the New People’s Army in the 1970s-80s Philippines.

Interview With Antonio Timugan

Antonio Timugan Jr. discusses growing up in poverty, his career, and how he found a way to have a family of his own and provide for them despite his humble beginnings.

Interview With Samuel Ranan

Samuel Ranan discusses his early life, his childhood experiences during the Japanese occupation, his marriage, perceptions of Marcos’ presidency, as well as his career as a licensed treasure hunter in the Philippines, where he was deceived repeatedly by those around him

Interview With Unie

In the interview, Unie describes her peaceful childhood despite the conflicts in Mindanao, and how her life circumstances changed in her adulthood as she married and moved to other places.

Interview With Felicidad Mendez

Felicidad Mendez discusses her early life, and how, when In 1983, when the New People’s Army established a stronghold in Valencia City, her family navigated through the by paying “revolutionary tax” to the NPA while remaining neutral between the conflicting parties.