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Youth urged to resist historical revisionism

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By Tara Yap

Iloilo City—The youth should not believe in the historical revisionism, especially on the tenure of Ferdinand Marcos as the country’s president.

“I am urging my fellow youth not to subscribe to the negative brand of historical revisionism,” appealed James Peñas of the University of the Philippines Visayas (UP Visayas).

Student activists at a protest rally in Iloilo City Friday, which marks the 46th anniversary of martial law.  (Tara Yap/ MANILA BULLETIN)

Student activists at a protest rally in Iloilo City Friday, which marks the 46th anniversary of martial law. (Tara Yap/ MANILA BULLETIN)

“Instead of telling what happened, they are hiding lies,” Peñas told Manila Bulletin during a Friday protest rally in Iloilo City that marked the 46th anniversary of Marcos’ martial law.

Since the start of 2016 election campaign, pages popped up on social media networking site Facebook that glorified the Marcos years.

This was especially denounced by youth groups after Ferdinand “Bongbong”Marcos Jr. was the vice presidential running mate of the late Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago.

But Peñas expressed optimism that some members of the youth have been enlightened and not easily believe what is being peddled online.

Almost two weeks ago, the scheduled student forum featuring Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos in Iloilo City was scrapped.

This is as students and activists staged protest outside the campus of the Iloilo Science and Technology University (ISAT-U).

Meanwhile, Friday’s protest outside the Iloilo Provincial Capitol drew left-leaning groups who burned an effigy of President Duterte.

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