“Revise our textbooks, not history! The youth deserve to know the truth about the Marcos dictatorship.”
This was the statement of Akbayan Youth chairperson Dr. RJ Naguit to DepEd and CHED on the 48th anniversary of Marcos’ declaration of Martial Law in 1972. The commemoration coincides with DepEd’s 2021 budget deliberations in Congress.
“DepEd and CHED are legally mandated to include Martial Law human rights violations into the education curriculum, whether primary, secondary, or tertiary. But if the House of Representatives found no injustice in passing a bill declaring Marcos’ birthday a holiday, clearly our educational institutions need to step up against historical revisionism,” Naguit said.
Naguit referred to RA 10368 or the Human Rights Victims Reparation and Recognition Act, a law championed by Akbayan Partylist in 2013. Section 27 of the law states that Martial Law human rights violations must be integrated into basic and higher education curricula.
Naguit called on the educational bodies to give a concrete report on the inclusion of Martial Law topics in Social Science curricula.
“Every year that schools fail to teach Martial Law is a whole batch of students prone to being victims of the lies spread by the Marcoses,” Naguit adds.
“Kung ayaw natin ng fake news, sana tutol rin tayo sa fake history. Let us not be complicit to the historical revision of the Marcoses and take a stand as a nation,” Naguit said