NHCP chairperson Diokno resigned in protest of the burial of Marcos at the LNMB
The chairperson of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) Maria Serena Diokno has resigned, hits President Rodrigo Duterte for allowing the burial of late President Ferdinand Marcos at the hero’s cemetery.
"At this moment in our history, every voice counts, and I wish to place mine on the side of history: not the history that the Duterte government ignores, but the history that beckons our people to demand justice that even the highest court of the land will not bestow," Diokno said.
"The burial of Ferdinand Marcos in the Libingan ng mga Bayani is wrong; it denies our history, erases the memory of lives lost and destroyed, mocks the collective action action we took to oust the dictator, and denigrates the value of our struggle for freedom," Diokno said.
"Notwithstanding the narrow view adopted by nine members of the Supreme Court, President Duterte could have taken the higher ground," Diokno said.
"But he chose not to. Worse, he justifies his 'legalistic' action by claiming, falsely, that 'there's no study, no movie about it [Marcos' record as a leader], just the challenges and allegations of the other side," she added.
Former chairperson criticized President Duterte for saying lack of studies about Marcos leadership.
"The multitude of especially young Filipinos who have come out in defense of history and are prepared to co-author if for their generation and the future point to one clear realization: they, we all, will guard our history," Diokno said.
"Tomorrow I will join the popular assertion of our history and look forward to more in as many public venues as possible. Never again will we allow any remnant of the authoritarian past to take hold of our country," Diokno said.
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