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Excerpt from the Foreword: Experiences such as the martial law era and its accompanying cnosequences of curtailment of civil liberties and the steady elimination of democratic opposition cannot be conveniently forgotten by a nation that lived through its horrors and unchecked powers. It is a truism, after all, that a society which does not learn from history is condemned to repeat it. It is not the intention of this book to make a wholesale condemnation of martial law. In fact, I am one of those who believe that unbridled democracy is not in our best interest. But critics of any system, be t of strongmen or of people empowerment, must persist if a near-perfect system is to emerge from an imperfect world and imperfect arrangements. My experiences during the dark period of our recent past are perhaps unique in their high points--escaping as a disguised (some say, unlikely) un, staying alone for almost a month under suspicious circumstances in a closely linked border country which must have caused a flurry of frantic inquiries from apprehensive Malaysian authorities and, finally, imbibing the air of freedom in a country which we were furiously attacking as the immediate cause o our people's prolonged captivity. - Charito Planas, Quezon City, 28 April 1991
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Book Description New Day Publishers, 1991. PAPERBACK. Condition: Good. 9711004801 Bumped, o/w good. B/w photos. In 1978 Vice-President Mondale promised asylum in the U.S. to a Philippine dissident hiding from Manila military, who sought her arrest. Disguised as a nun, Planas finally arrives as an exile in a country that is more than unknown to her. *** 208pp. > Language: English | > Size: 8vo | > Media/Binding: Soft cover |. Seller Inventory # CORV-SEA-02846