And the constitution was changed to allow Marcos to continue in office indefinitely, with extraordinary powers. He called his new form of government "constitutional authoritarianism."
For a time, martial law was welcomed by many Filipinos who liked the order it brought to the often chaotic country, but it also ushered in a new climate of fear and paranoia among a people known for their fun-loving and casual manner.
Marcos' authoritarianism also served to radicalize many Roman Catholic priests and nuns who joined in anti-government activities. Manila's outspoken archbishop, Cardinal Jaime Sin, became a persistent critic of Marcos and had frequent run-ins with the president.
Marcos finally lifted martial law in January, 1981, just ahead of a visit to the country by Pope John Paul II, but many Filipinos saw little difference, since the president retained his extraordinary powers.