MANILA - A bill designating March 6 as "Bud Dajo Day" to commemorate the massacre of Muslims by American soldiers in 1906 has been filed in the lower chamber of Congress a week after President Rodrigo Duterte presented photos of the incident at the Malacañan Palace.
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Should the bill be passed into law, government agencies and local government units will be mandated to hold activities that would "raise public awareness on the events in Bud Dahu, Jolo, Sulu, on March 5 to 8, 1906 and its continuing significance to the Bangsamoro people and the Philippines."
Similar awareness campaigns about the bloody massacre at the crater of Bud Dahu are also expected to be rolled out in all school levels, both in public and private academic institutions.
“For us to truly assert an independent foreign policy we must be steeped in our history from the point of view of our people and continue to proclaim it around the world,” said Bayan Muna Party-list Representative Carlos Isagani Zarate who re-filed House Bill 3599.
“We must never forget the abuses and atrocities done against the Filipino people and we should learn from its bitter lessons,” Zarate added.
The bill was first filed by Zarate in 2013 during the 16th Congress, but the issue of the Bud Dajo massacre made headlines after Duterte brought it up at an ASEAN Summit meeting last week.
Aside from the Bud Dajo massacre, the president has also blamed the United States for the Balangiga Massacre in 1901 where residents over the age of 10 were ordered killed by US General Jacob Smith following a successful attack on US forces by Filipino rebels.
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