Manila, Philippines – ADMU, DLSU presidents issues joint statement for in light of Martial Law anniversary.
Presidents of the two rival schools, Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) and De La Salle University (DLSU) issues a joint statement in the eve of the 46th anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law by Former President Ferdinand Marcos. Fr. Jose Ramon Villarin and Br. Raymundo Suplido urged the members of their academic communities and the Filipino to remember the sacrifices of those who fought against dictatorship.
The two school heads encourage the youth to firmly stand against the threats to democracy and to never again allow such challenges against the freedom of Filipinos to prosper.
Further, they appeal to the young one to read the books, watch the documentaries, and listen to the stories and accounts of those who suffered and struggled during the over a decade of dictatorship, to know the real events.
Full text of the Joint Statement of the Presidents of Ateneo de Manila University and De La Salle University
“On the 46th anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law, we invite the members of our academic communities and the Filipino people to remember the sacrifices of those who fought for our rights, freedom and democracy. May we be implied by their courage, learn from their sacrifices and struggles, and be true to what they fought for. Let us not allow those who seek to suppress our rights and freedom to hold sway over our future as a nation.
In 1972 President Ferdinand Marcos haphazardly created a document declaring and imposing Martial Law. Citing the imminent threat of a rebellion and unceasing anarchy, Proclamation 1081 was used as weapon to perpetuate himself in power. It allowed Marcos to extend his presidency, seize businesses, jail critics, and kill those who opposed the regime. It took many years of struggle before the nation was awakened and our people mustered enough courage to stand against his evil rule.
And so we say today, with even more fervor, never again! To those who naively say it is time to move on, we say there can be no moving on without admittance, contrition and reparation. Until then, the evil tentacles of Martial Law will continue to fester and wound our democracy. In these present time , when our hard-fought freedom, love of democracy and inalienable human rights, are again being challenged – even by those mandated to protect them – we must bear in mind and take to heart the devastating events of that dark period in our history. We must remember the many whose lives were unjustly taken away from us.
The members of our academic communities cannot abdicate their duty to educate the next generation on the truths of our history even more so when people threaten to creatively destroy them. Let us continue to keep guard over each other’s rights and welfare. We must be effective witnesses of the values of honesty and integrity, excellence and service, and love of God and country.
We especially ask our students and all our young Filipinos to do all they can to understand learn the lessons of history. Be critical in assessing the truth of what really took place from September 1972 to February 1986. Read the books, watch the documentaries, but above all listen to the stories and accounts of those who suffered and struggled to keep freedom and justice alive during those years of the dictatorship. Do not gloss over the abuses of power, the horrors of state-sponsored violence and the assault against our fundamental freedoms. Do not be deceived by the false claims of those who want to revise our history.
We do not call this day a holiday or a special day of commemoration . We cannot celebrate this day of infamy. Rather, this day must remind us of what we almost lost, and what we may lose again, if we are not vigilant and wise.
On this day, we thank the Lord for all those who gave their lives in defense of our rights and in pursuit of freedom. Following their example, w ask God for strength as we affirm our commitment to take all the necessary steps to bequeath to the next generation a nation that is noble, just and free, where God’s Reign is truly near-at-hand.”
The presidents of Ateneo de Manila University and De La Salle University have released a joint statement on the eve of the 46th anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law. pic.twitter.com/GpDxQ1BY9R
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