MANILA – Malacañang wants public schools across all levels and government offices nationwide to remove all photos of elected and appointed officials and instead display images of Filipino heroes.
Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea signed on Sept. 15 Memorandum Circular No. 25 ordering the said institutions to “display or exhibit the photographs, paintings or other forms of visual representations of Philippine Heroes in lieu of the photographs, paintings or other forms of visual representations of elected or appointed government officials.”
In issuing the memorandum circular, Malacañang said the move was aimed at promoting patriotism.
“The State shall provide the means to strengthen the people’s nationalism, love of country, and respect for its heroes by emphasizing the importance of Philippine national and local history in the daily life of Filipinos, with the objective of raising social consciousness and patriotism,” the memorandum read.
The order enforces President Rodrigo Duterte's earlier instruction to have his photos and those of other elected and appointed officials removed from state offices and institutions.
The circular also listed recognized Filipino heroes, as identified by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines, which shall serve as reference and guidance for compliance.
The list includes Jose Rizal, Andres Bonifacio, Emilio Aguinaldo, Apolinario Mabini, Marcelo H. Del Pilar, Juan Luna, Melchora Aquino, Gabriela Silang, Lapu-Lapu, Father Jose Burgos, Father Mariano Gomes, Father Jacinto Zamora, Emilio Jacinto, and Jose Abad Santos.