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1972 in the Philippines

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1972 in the Philippines
Decades:  1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s

1972 in the Philippines details events of note that happened in the Philippines in the year 1972.



  • President: Ferdinand Marcos (Nacionalista Party)
  • Vice President: Fernando Lopez (Nacionalista Party) (until September 23)
  • House Speaker: Cornelio Villareal
  • Chief Justice: Roberto Concepcion
  • Congress: 7th (until September 23)
  • Events

  • June 25 – Typhoon Konsing landfalls on Luzon. It caused 131 deaths and $15 million worth of damage (year 1972).
  • August 26-September 10 – The Philippines participated in the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, West Germany.
  • September 21
  • Martial law was declared by President Marcos as Proclamation No. 1081 signed by law led to the establishment of his dictatorship and was simulcasted through national radio and television broadcasts nationwide by midnight of September 23, causing series of round-ups by police and military forces, forced ban on public rallies, tight security, strict censorship on all forms of mass media, closures of business establishments and dissolution of bicameral congress (senate and house of representatives); as well as arrest of critiques of Marcoses (like media people and politicians), notable people who are arrested such as Ka Louie Beltran, Maximo Soliven, Satur Ocampo, Benigno Aquino, Jr., Chino Roces (the founder of Manila Times and ABC-5) and the Lopez family (of ABS-CBN and Manila Chronicle, including Eugenio Lopez, Sr.)
  • Assassination attempt on the life of Defense Minister Juan Ponce Enrile.
  • September 23
  • Senator Benigno Aquino, Jr. was arrested.
  • ABC-5 (Associated Broadcasting Corporation) and ABS-CBN shut down radio-television operations due to Martial law.
  • Manila Chronicle shuts down newspaper operations.
  • Unknown

  • Marikina hosts the 1972 ISF Men's World Championship which was participated by ten nations.
  • Births

  • January 30 - Zoren Legaspi, Filipino actor and film director
  • April 28 - Romnick Sarmenta, Filipino actor
  • October 10 – Jun Lana, Filipino playwright and screenwriter
  • Deaths

  • April 26 – Fernando Amorsolo, Filipino portraitist and painter of rural Philippine landscapes (1972 National Artist of the Philippines) (b. 1892)
  • References

    1972 in the Philippines Wikipedia

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