‘Keep the memory alive’: Groups, schools protest on martial law anniversary

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 21)— As the country marked the 49th anniversary of the declaration of martial law on Tuesday, several groups and universities called on fellow Filipinos to keep the memory of the period alive — and to fight historical revisionism.

“We've always been told that we are bound to repeat the mistakes of the past if we don't remember it. That is why, as an educational institution, this is now one of our biggest challenges: to make sure that we, as a nation, will never forget,” the Ateneo de Manila University said in a statement.

“It is a tall order, but (we) will always strive to keep our collective memory, however painful, alive. Together, we need to keep the memory of martial law so that we won't make those same mistakes again,” the university added.

Some scholars from the University of the Philippines earlier called a stop to the spread of false information on the martial law era, which they said could be done through reforms in the educational system.

Other groups also held protests on the ground, as they denounced the killings during the current administration.

The Philippines was placed under martial law on Sept. 21, 1972 by former president Ferdinand Marcos. Marcos lifted martial law in 1981, but his reign continued until he was ousted by the 1986 People Power revolt.

Amid accusations of historical revisionism, his son, former senator Bongbong Marcos, said the accounts regarding his father's regime depict "political propaganda.”