“We are afraid (the government) will bury our history. We are afraid they will burn all of our archives and books.”
Tags: historical revisionism
“We want to bring out a strong statement in defense of historical truth against the unrelenting efforts to revise the historical record of plunder and human rights violations during Martial Law and the entire Marcos era. We also commit ourselves to defend the exercise of academic freedom, resist all forms of censorship such as book-banning, and oppose all attempts at red-tagging.”
But the combination of a campaign of historical distortion, vote buying, a Duterte-appointed COMELEC, red-tagging and relentless attacks on critics and opposition has created an election result that would bring a Marcos back to
Malacanang 50 years after the declaration of martial law.
Sa paglilinaw ng maraming usaping pangkasaysayan, ipinakita ng Bulatlat na hindi lamang usapin sa kasalukuyan ang paggigiit sa katotohanan. Sa pakikipaglaban sa rebisyunismong historikal, ipinakita ng Bulatlat ang malinaw na tindig, pananaw at pamamaraan ng mapagpalayang pamamahayag na nakasandig sa katotohanan.
If it is true that there is a big disjuncture between those who persistently write and tell the wrongs of martial rule and those who could not yet fully connect to these tales written and told, then shouldn’t finding a way to narrow this gap become an essential phase in our political work?
Indeed, various online platforms became the primary means for fake news peddlers and negative historical revisionists to spread their propaganda. The only way defeat efforts at dismantling the truth is to tirelessly persuade and reeducate Filipinos using reliable and credible source materials, some of which are accessible online.
The conference aims to deepen the discourse about the martial law years and correct the twisted narratives being perpetrated by groups who want Filipinos to forget those dark years in the nation’s history.
While victims of human rights abuses won the class suit in the US Federal court in Hawaii against the Marcoses and received compensation, the Marcoses have not been punished for their crimes.
“As teachers, it is our duty to stop this appalling disrespect of history.”