Forty years ago, in September 1972, President Ferdinand Marcos signed Proclamation 1081, which placed the entire country under Martial Law. GMA News Online put together a timeline that traces his rise to power and eventual downfall, highlighting the years that many Filipinos describe as “the darkest period in recent Philippine history.”

Forty years ago, in September 1972, President Ferdinand Marcos signed Proclamation 1081, which placed the entire country under Martial Law. GMA News Online put together a timeline that traces his rise to power and eventual downfall, highlighting the years that many Filipinos describe as “the darkest period in recent Philippine history.”