My countrymen, as of the twenty-first of this month, I signed Proclamation #1081 placing the entire Philippines under Martial Law.
-Televised speech on the proclamation of Martial Law (September 21, 1972)
No matter how strong and dedicated a leader may be, he must find root and strength amongst the people. He alone cannot save a nation. He may guide, he may set the tone, he may dedicate himself and risk his life, but only the people may save themselves.