UP History Department: No Golden Age Under Marcos Rule

UP History Department: No Golden Age Under Marcos Rule

The UP History Department has released a statement in their Facebook page, condemning Marcos revisionists for painting the darkest age of the country's recent history as the Golden Age.

The statement said: "Great danger now lurks behind a deceptive nostalgia for a past that never really existed - that the Marcos years were a period of peace and prosperity."

It also offered statistical data to prove that the Marcos era is objectively a dark time for the Philippines.

"Poverty incidence grew from 41% in the 1960s to 59% in the 1980s. Vaunted growth was far from inclusive and driven by debt, which further weighed down on the nation."

Foreign debt even spiked during the Martial Law.

"From 1970 to 1983, foreign debt increased twelve times and reached $20 billion (Dr. Manuel Montes, 1984)."

In a report from Abs-Cbn News, Marcos said that he has nothing to apologize for.

Marcos said: "Will I say sorry for the thousands and thousands of kilometers that were built? Will I say sorry for the agricultural policy that brought us to self-sufficiency in rice? Will I say sorry for the power generation? Will I say sorry for the highest literacy rate in Asia? What am I to say sorry about?''

The denial of past atrocities has also led professors from Ateneo de Manila University to speak out, calling it a "willful distortion," as reported in the Philippine Star.

You could read the full statement of the UP History Department here.

 

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