PNoy orders history books corrected on Martial Law
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MANILA, Philippines - President Benigno Aquino III has ordered the National Historical Commission of the Philippines to move against revisionist and propagandist history of Martial Law.
He said the NHCP will form a committee that will ensure that academic textbooks reflect the country's real conditions during the dictatorial rule of the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos.
"I will not allow it that the lies and mistakes will be passed on to our next generation," said Aquino, whose father, the late Senator Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino Jr., was among the martyrs during Martial Law.
Aquino said only truthful information must be printed and not "the web of lies spun by propagandists and revisionists."
Among the revisionist information that he wants corrected are the following: that Martial Law resulted in less crimes, that Martial Law caused the number of communist rebels to dwindle, and that the country's economy boomed during the Marcos regime.
Aquino said the number of forced disappearances, extrajudicial and summary executions were at record high during Martial Law.
Citing the book "Dictatorship and Revolution", Aquino added that communist rebels ballooned to 40,000 in 1983.