Senate to review martial law education

Carmela Julian Valencia, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 20 2016 03:10 AM

MANILA –The Senate is set to review the status of martial law education in the secondary and tertiary level following a resolution filed by Committee on Education chairman and Senator Bam Aquino.

Aquino filed Senate Resolution No. 29 to study how the martial law era is being taught in high school and colleges all over the country.

“Kailangan nating malaman kung paano tinuturo [ang] Martial Law sa ating kabataan at siguraduhin na ang katotohanan ang nananaig sa ating paaralan,” Aquino said, referring to the inaccurate statements on martial law circulating on social media.

(We need to know how martial law is being taught to the youth. We must ensure that the history of the martial law era is being taught in a truthful manner.)

Martial law history is taught at all levels of education under the passage of Republic Act 10368 or the Human Rights Victims Reparation and Recognition Act of 2013. 

Aquino, together with the Committee on Youth, is set to lead the inquiry on Tuesday at 9 a.m.

Month for National Truth Telling

Meanwhile, Akbayan Senator Risa Hontiveros filed a joint resolution seeking to declare September as a month of national truth-telling on martial law, in line with RA 10368.

Joined by student council leaders from Ateneo de Manila University, University of the Philippines, De La Salle University and Adamson University, Hontiveros said there is a strong need to protect the country’s history from revisionists supporting the Marcos dictatorship.

“Huwag natin hayaan na pagnakawan tayong muli ng mga Marcoses. Huwag natin payagan na nakawin nila ang ating kasaysayan at katotohanan," Hontiveros said.

(Let us not allow ourselves to get robbed by the Marcoses once more. Let us not allow them to steal our history.)

From its declaration on September 21, 1972 to its end in 1981, historical records show that 3,257 people were killed, around 35,000 were tortured, 70,000 were incarcerated and $10 billion of government money was stolen.

Hontiveros also called out the Duterte administration to abandon its plan to bury the late dictator at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

“I call on the Duterte administration to implement the mandatory teaching of Martial Law history to students as provided for by RA 10368 and abandon its plan to give Marcos a hero's burial,” Hontiveros said.