‘Martial law. Now’ propaganda video taken down
The Presidential Communications Operations Office has taken down a propaganda video aimed at shoring up support for martial law as a means to combat “extremism.”
The video, which is 36 seconds in length, shows a distressed boy who fends off black silhouettes labelled as “extremists” using a shield with the words “martial law” emblazoned on its surface.
Ominous background music plays while a voice narrates: “In the free society, there are groups who don’t want to give independence. They are adamant on detaining peaceful spirits. They are distressing feelings with fears. Let us not allow them to terrify us. We will all fight in unity. Martial law should be the rule of the land. Martial law. Now.”
The video was deleted on the PCOO’s various social media accounts on Wednesday night.
Social media users derided the poor quality of animation used in the video.
Some Twitter users felt that their taxes were being squandered by the PCOO production of the video.
Others expressed concern at the contents of the video.
Netizens also pointed out that the “adversaries” in the video resembled government troops instead of terrorists.
Netizens were quick to create memes and parodies of the video, some of which ridiculed Communications Secretary Martin Andanar, who heads the PCOO.
It is not yet known if the PCOO plans to release similarly themed content in the future.
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