“History is the version of past events that people have decided to agree upon.”
By definition: “Historical revisionism (also but less often in English called ‘negationism’) is a phrase that describes the process that attempts to rewrite history by minimizing, denying or simply ignoring essential facts.”
The Martial Law online museum is described as “a digital museum and library that houses credible resources on Philippine History and Martial Law.”
Given that protests were beginning to swell, attracting many to take up arms as insurgents, was Marcos then justified in declaring Martial Law if to quell rebellion? As per the decision of the Supreme Court in assessing the basis for Marcos’s suspension of the writ of habeas corpus, the NPA threat posed a clear and present enough danger on the country as to justify special presidential powers. This role of the Court during the time, historian Nicole CuUnjieng writes, concentrated even more power to the executive branch, a consolidation that came to its fullness when Marcos became a dictator in September 1972. But while it was technically legal, could one still justify the grave human rights and economic abuses that marked the years of dictatorship?
Declaration of Martial Law:
Proclamation no. 1081 eloquently described a state of lawlessness that had gripped the country and place the Filipino people in peril. Specifically, Marcos cited a sizeable Communist force that had obtained weapons from China that sought to overthrow the government and violate the peaceful lives of ordinary Filipinos. Marcos even compared the current state of the nation to a war, one which he intended to put a stop to.
In response, Marcos declared that he would place the Philippines under a state of Martial Law, as according to the president’s powers described in the 1935 Philippine Constitution. Such powers included command over the Armed Forces of the Philippines to maintain law and order, as well as exclusive decision-making powers for whether or not a person would remain detained for any crime.
Data in the aftermath:
Resources are also divided into three sections: for teachers, for students, and for those urging pvblic visitors to make a stand against historical revisionism. Mag-aral. Magturo. Manindigan. #NeverAgain
Lesson plans are also provided by the online museum for teachers who’ll be taking up the topic.
“Spanning more than 300 references and 100 consultations with experts, our research has produced 25 exhibits on different dimensions of the dictatorship and the lessons we can learn from our history as Filipinos. We have worked with more than 300 teachers from 32 different institutions to test and develop our lesson plans and exhibits. We are developing more,” the website reads.
There’s an important note inside the website as well:
“Never again should there be a dictatorship that imposes martial law, violates human rights, plunders people’s wealth, and buries the truth, whoever the leader is.”