The youth group Anakbayan today said Aquino and the Department of Education (DepEd) are to blame for historical amnesia, misinformation, and the spread of historical untruths about Martial Law and the Ferdinand Marcos dictatorship.
“BS Aquino, to gain political points, hypocritically assailed Marcos and Martial Law, but his own DepEd is to blame for the lies,” said Anakbayan National Chair Vencer Crisostomo.
Concerned netizens recently exposed untruths about Martial Law entitled “Kung Bakit Nagdeklara ng Martial Law si Marcos” in the textbook Lakbay ng Lahing Pilipino 5 by Ailene G. Baisa Julian and Nestor S. Lontoc of Phoenix Publishing House.
Anakbayan said that the textbook misleadingly claims that all of the Dictator Marcos’ programs were done to uplift the lives of Filipinos, while turning a blind eye to the trampling of human rights and civil liberties and systemic corruption.
The textbook claims that the series of floods and typhoons that affected agricultural harvests resulted to increasing hardships and chaos among the people which led to protest rallies and rebel movements as the reasons for the declaration of Martial Law.
According to the group, the textbook’s narrative dress up dictatorial rule as a benevolent deed done to solve the nation’s ills, saying this completely negates the history of untold abuses caused by the concentration of economic and political power in one man.
Crisostomo said the content of the textbook is not isolated with reports coming in that it is no different from what is being taught generally. “No wonder some easily believe the outright lies peddled by the Marcos camp to support Bongbong’s candidacy,” he said.
He called on the Aquino government to investigate and recall textbooks that propagate lies and half truths about the Marcos dictatorship and Martial Law.
He warned that the next generation of youth will be subjected to more “historical amnesia” with the full implementation of Aquino’s K-12, which seeks to reduce the teaching of history, social sciences, and humanities subjects.