PUNCH’S FIRST ML ISSUE
PUNCH’S FIRST ML ISSUE—Above is the file photo of The PUNCH’s October 22, 1972 issue, the first issue and newspaper allowed by the military to continue publishing in the province after martial law was declared on September 21, 1972. THE PUNCH managed to publish and distribute secretly 1,000 copies of a free two-paged special report featuring reports of arrests of student leaders suspected of subversion in Dagupan City, absence of national newspapers in the streets, closure of radio stations and newspapers including The PUNCH, suspension of PLDT operations etc. before martial law was officially declared by President Marcos 6 p.m. of September 21. Unfortunately, The PUNCH could not locate a single copy of the September 21 special issue after The PUNCH was placed under tight guard by the Pangasinan Constabulary.
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