That seems to be the message of Senator Risa Hontiveros, who donated student edition copies of Raissa Robles’s Marcos Martial Law: Never Again to public high schools in the Philippines.
The senator launched the campaign at the Quezon City High School with former CHR Chairperson Etta Rosales, and they did a storytelling session detailing the atrocities of the era, as well as introducing the heroes and victims during the dictatorship of former president Ferdinand Marcos.
It is a topic close to Hontiveros, as she herself was a student activist who joined the first EDSA Revolution in 1986 that dismantled the dictatorship.
Through the book, she hopes that students would study Martial Law and the heroes who “helped restore democracy that we enjoy today.”
She said: “It’s a small gesture to save history. Efforts of historical revisionism can be thwarted by investing in this small project targeting our young people. We hope to get support from others and from school administrators as well.”
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