GMA News TV presents 1081

Democracy is alive in the Philippines. Filipinos are free to express their opinions, free to elect their leaders and they enjoy a thriving free press. Everyone can own and run an honest business without any interference from the government. But 40 years ago, this was almost unthinkable.

Exactly four decades ago, there was no freedom. By declaring Proclamation 1081, then Pres. Ferdinand Marcos issued orders that infringed upon basic human rights and curtailed civil liberties. Democracy was dead. Marcos prohibited rallies and demonstrations, enforced a curfew and tightly controlled the freedom of the press. Even businesses and other private enterprises were not spared; cronies took over the most profitable companies. Anyone who criticized the regime ended up in prison without due process, or worse, simply disappeared. The declaration of martial law ushered in an era of unbridled corruption and unprecedented authoritarian rule, characterized by many as some of the darkest days in Philippine history.

Tomorrow night at 8:45, GMA News TV presents 1081, a special documentary commemorating the 40th anniversary of the declaration of martial law. Aside from re-introducing and educating the younger generation on life during the martial law years, the 60-minute documentary examines the lessons of history that every Filipino must take to heart.

1081 is hosted and presented by Peabody Award winner Kara David, who herself is a martial law baby. Kara was born at the height of martial law on Sept. 12, 1973. Shes hares that her mother, Karina Constantino-David, an activist at that time, was supposed to be arrested by the military but was ultimately not taken into custody because she was pregnant with Kara. When Karina gave birth to her, she named her Kara Patria, which means beloved country in Italian. In a way, Kara saved her mother.

But some were not as lucky to be spared from the infamy of martial rule. Listen to the accounts of eyewitnesses to history as they recall the days of martial law.

Kara David travels to Iwate, Japan to shoot the I-Witnessdocumentary, “Pagbangon ng Japan”!

Almost a year following the Great East Japan Quake that left 15,000 people dead and hundreds more missing, GMA Network, joins forces with Japan ‘s TV-Iwate to produce a major documentary special filmed entirely on location in Iwate, Japan.


This Monday night, February 27, GMA -7’s flagship documentary program I-Witness presents “Pagbangon ng Japan”–a documentary special to commemorate Japan’s devastating earthquake and tsunami  that shocked Japan and the rest of the world on March 11, 2011.


Join George Foster Peabody awardee Kara David as she sets foot on Iwate Prefecture ‘s “ground zeroes” to film the aftermath of the earthquake and the efforts being undertaken to rebuild the devastated areas.


Iwate Prefecture was one of the worst hit by the Great Eastern Japan earthquake in 2011, and GMA’s partner station TV-Iwate was among the first on the site during the March 11 tsunami.


Witness stories of faith, hope, and solidarity among those who endured the 3/11 tragedy in “Pagbangon ng Japan,” an I-Witness documentary special, this Monday night after Saksi on GMA-7.



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