Referendum Prayer

“A national referendum-plebiscite was held on October 16–17, 1976 in the Philippines in which the majority of the barangay voters approved the continuation of Martial Law and ratified the proposed amendments to the Constitution substituting the Regular Batasang Pambansa with the Interim Batasang Pambansa, pursuant to Presidential Decrees Nos. 991, 1031, and 1032.”

In his memoirs, Luis G. Dato wrote, “October 16, 1976. Fourth referendum, fourth day of infamy, no freedom of the speech, debate and press, no freedom nor sanctity of the ballot.”

by Luis G. Dato

O lord, in this our crucial time
When we on the martial law will vote,
Our minds uplift and make sublime,
In mercy, Lord, forget us not.

Man you created with wills free,
O’er all creature gave us the sway,
Grant they may still love liberty,
Your heritage not since give away.

Grant them, O Lord, to view the light
Which only freedom eyes may see,
The sun symbolic of the right
Held sacred by the brave and free.

Luis Dato
Luis Dato

Luis G. Dato (July 4, 1906 - January 29, 1985) was a poet, writer and educator from Sta. Cruz, Baao, Camarines Sur. He published books in English including Manila A Collection of verse (1926), My Book of Verses (1936) and the Land of Mai in 1975. He also wrote several books and text in Bikol such as, Vocabulario Bikol-Ingles-Kastila (1963), Cantahon na Bikol (1969), Morfologia kan Tataramon na Bikol (serialized in Naga Times), Patotodon sa Bikol (Bikol Mail) and Sarabihon sa Bikol.

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