18 November 2016 References: ACT Teachers Rep. Antonio Tinio (0920-922-0817) and Rep. France Castro (0920-969-8457)
ACT Teachers Party-List Representatives Antonio Tinio and France Castro join the Black Friday Protest together with other sectors to condemn the burial of former dictator Marcos in the Libingan ng mga Bayani.
“The hero’s burial is unacceptable for us educators. It implies the complete opposite of what we have been teaching our students and what we want them to emulate–that the victims of Marcos’s dark reign are the ones who were wrong, and their kidnappers, torturers, murderers, and oppressors including Marcos himself were right,” said Tinio. “We protest today an act which directly insults the victims, including the families of the desaparacidos who still wait for their loved ones to come home and the victims of extrajudicial killings who are still seeking for justice.”
“The dictator’s burial in a ground reserved only for heroes will teach a grave error for the youth today: that Martial Law was the golden age for our country that the dictatorship uplifted our lives as Filipinos, and worse, that Marcos and his crimes should be emulated,” Castro commented. “It will cause a total alteration or revision of the history by erasing the terrors of Martial Law–a U-turn from our demand to never forget.”
The solons also scored Duterte’s dangling of the possibility of suspending the writ of habeas corpus and the revival of the Philippine Constabulary where the police will be under the command of the military and Duterte as commander in chief as allegedly necessary in his anti-drug campaign.
“Both are unconstitutional and consistent with the trend of the President’s acts and declarations which push for the forgetting of the lessons of history,” said Tinio. “Our post-martial law Constitution, to prevent a repeat of Marcos, allows the suspension of the writ only in cases of invasion or rebellion, with the additional requirement in both that the public safety requires such suspension. It also mandates a civilian, not military, police force.”
“These proposals will remove the safeguards set by our fundamental law against the fascist acts of the police, military, and the President himself such as warrantless arrests, and will downplay the sacrifices of the victims of Martial Law,” added Castro. “Whether he said it seriously or lightly, Duterte should be marked as a failure as a student of history.” ###