On September 21, we covered the commemoration rally of the 40th anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law in the country. We were expecting hundreds of activists would gather to remember the dark years under President Marcos. But we were surprised that only a handful of activists, mostly students, have gathered along San Pedro St in Davao City.
I’ve only noticed less than 10 who were in their late 50s, who may have really experienced the Marcos dictatorship. The rest may have just read and heard the stories of martial law from their parents and grandparents.
But Juland Suazo of Panalipdan blames it on the educational system of the country, saying that martial law era is no longer taught in history subjects. I haven’t seen the latest history books of both high school and elementary these days. He must be right.
Or maybe the younger generation today is no longer interested in learning how our fellow countrymen suffered under martial law. And how some of the Filipinos gallantly sacrificed their blood to restore democracy in our country. That remains to be seen in the years to come.
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