- Senator Risa Hontiveros on Monday filed a resolution calling on the government to declare September as a month for national truth-telling on Martial Law
- The resolution urges all school levels to conduct month-long educational activities commemorating the declaration of Martial Law in the country
- Hontiveros noted the need to tell the truth about Martial Law and to protect the country's history from revisionists who want to paint a different picture of the previous government ran by a dictator
Akbayan Senator Risa Hontiveros has filed on Monday, September 19, a joint resolution urging the government to have the month of September be declared every year as a time for national truth-telling, reflection, and reconciliation.
Accompanied by student leaders from University of the Philippines (UP), Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU), and Adamson University, the filing was done two days before the commemoration of Martial Law declaration in the Philippines.
The resolution encourages schools as well as other educational institutions to hold month-long activities that will commemorate the proclamation of Martial Law. Furthermore, to educate the youth of the differences of the democratic values and practices the country experiences and adheres to today compared to the dictatorial system by Marcos for four decades.
In a press release shared by Hontiveros, she emphasized the need to spread the truth about Martial Law and that the country's history must be guarded against revisionists aiming to draw a different picture of the dictatorship the country had endured and to vindicate the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos of the crimes he committed.
The neophyte senator appealed to everyone not to let the Marcoses steal again.
"Huwag natin hayaan na pagnakawan tayong muli ng mga Marcoses. Huwag natin payagan na nakawin nila ang ating kasaysayan at katotohanan (We must not allow the Marcoses to steal from us again. We must not allow them to rob us of our truth and sense of history)," she stated.
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According to Hontiveros, her "truth-telling month" proposal is consistent with the provision of the Human Rights Victims Reparation and Recognition Act of 2013 or the Republic Act No. 10368. It permits the government to enact the implementation of a mandatory teaching about Martial Law history at all school levels.
Nevertheless, the Filipino social activist bewailed how the state's educational institutions have not yet applied the teaching of Martial Law history in the basic, secondary, and tertiary education despite having the law for three years already since its passage.
Moreover, Hontiveros has renewed her opposition against the burial of Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani noting that her proposal is "the ultimate act of airbrushing history in favor of the Marcoses."
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"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," she said.
This is from Senator Risa Hontiveros' official press release on her proposal to declare September as a month for national truth-telling on Martial Law.