Project Gunita seeks to preserve PH's martial law history


Posted at Sep 21 2022 11:49 AM | Updated as of Sep 21 2022 01:32 PM

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MANILA — While President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. is in New York talking about the Philippines' future in relation to the world, various groups here are fighting to keep the Filipinos' memories of the past life.

On Wednesday,, the country marks the 50th anniversary of the martial law declaration by the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos Sr.

Under military rule, thousands of people were killed, tortured and imprisoned.

Amid relentless attempts to whitewash the dark period of Philippines' history, a group like Project Gunita seeks to spread facts about the martial rule, digitizing books, as well as old newspapers and magazine reports and posting them on social media.

"We call ourselves Project Gunita because we try to remember the truth that very powerful people have been trying to distort and to muddle," lawyer Josiah David Quising, co-founder of Project Gunita, told ANC's "Rundown".

"Andun 'yung initial fear namin sa Project Gunita that these documents will be erased or will be hunted down by authorities since these documents are primary evidence of what really transpired during the martial law era," he added.

For the group, moving on is not possible until justice is served for victims of human rights violations during the military rule.

— Rundown, ANC, September 21, 2022