Bill seeks to include Martial Law, human rights in curriculum

Katrina Domingo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 14 2016 05:41 PM

MANILA - The mandatory inclusion of "Martial Law atrocities and human rights" subjects in all school levels is being pushed in the House of Representatives amid debates over the burial of former president Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

"House Bill No. 3511 aims to combat historical revisionism and enable the youth to learn about the crimes and excesses during the Marcos dictatorship," the bill's author, Kabataan Partylist Representative Sarah Elago, said.

Though Elago admitted that the bill was designed to "teach students about the atrocities of the Marcos dictatorship," she stressed that it is also the government's responsibility to "educate its citizens, especially the youth, on their civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights."

The filing of the bill is the latest move against "historical revisionism" as Martial Law victims and advocates have been critical about the supposed efforts of the Marcos family and its allies to re-write history.

Marcos allies are highlighting the late dictator's achievements and downplay the human rights violations committed under martial rule.

READ: Duterte not rewriting history with Marcos burial: SolGen

The government also recently drew flak after state journal The Official Gazette released a social media card to commemorate the 99th birthday of the former president.

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