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Ateneo Faculty Members Take #NeverForget Stand On Martial Law

They vow to tell the younger generations nothing but the whole truth about Martial Law
by Neps Firmalan | Mar 2, 2016
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ICYMI: Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo recently echoed #NeverForget sentiments about the Philippines' time under Martial Law.

"Sa mga nagsasabing panahon na para mag-move on sa Martial Law, ito lamang po ang masasabi ko sa kanila: Paanong kami magmu-move on, kung ang mga multo, pait at bangungot ng kahapon ay pilit na bumabalik at ginugulo ang ating katahimikan at kasalukuyan?," she said in a statement last February 23. This was in response to Senator Bongbong Marcos' own assertion that Filipinos aren't concerned with Martial Law anymore and "To analyze it belongs to those historical scholars...I am not a historical analyst, I am a public servant."

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She also expressed her dismay to those who've insisted on social media that the Martial Law years were actually a good time for our country.

Earlier today, the administration's bet for the vice presidency found a high-profile ally against Marcos Jr. and Martial Law revisionism: members of Ateneo de Manila University's (ADMU) faculty.

A report on the university's website stated that over a hundred ADMU faculty members signed a statement rejecting the "historical revisionism of the Martial Law years."

"We vow as teachers and formators to continue to tell the stories of the brutality and corruption of the Marcos family, regime, and closest allies," part of the statement read. "For as long as we remember and share these stories, we believe that future generations of Filipinos will learn the lessons of the years of struggle leading to the overthrow of the dictatorship during those historic days of the People Power Revolution in 1986."

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The faculty also urged those running for the upcoming elections to take the issue seriously. "We call on all our politicians, especially those who are running for office in the 2016 national and local elections, to take a definite stand on the abuses of the Marcos dictatorship."

According to the statement, the youth should be told nothing but the truth regarding Martial Law, to keep the ideals of the 1986 EDSA revolution burning. "The fullness of democratization, especially the creation of a social order which respects the dignity of all Filipinos, has yet to be achieved," added the faculty members. "It is our responsibility now as a people to continue and complete this unfinished struggle."

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Here's the full text of the ADMU faculty's statement:

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You can read more about their stand here.


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