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Wednesday, September 19, 2012
MANILA -- Vice President Jejomar Binay expressed support to the construction of a Memory Museum dedicated to the people who struggled against the iron-fisted rule of the late President Ferdinand Marcos, whose term was marked by thousands of human rights violations.
The Edsa People Power Commission (EPPC) and the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) held a roundtable discussion on Monday as the first step toward establishing the first Memory Museum in the country.
Resource persons from Argentina, Chile and Peru - countries previously under military rule - shared their experiences in setting up their respective memory museums.
The Philippines will commemorate the 40th anniversary of the imposition of Martial Law on September 21. Since the Marcoses were ousted from power in 1986, leftist groups are still asking the government to run after the ill-gotten wealth amassed by the dictator's family and provide reparations to the rights victims.
Binay, who was detained during Martial Law for helping human rights activists, said it is important for the youth to keep the memory of the fight for democracy alive.
"These museums are intended to remind the younger generation of a particular period of their nation's history, a period that most if not all of them have not lived through, and whose lessons could be lost forever to future generations if it were not preserved and publicly shared," the Vice President said.
The proposed Museum would be built in three years time. (Virgil Lopez/Sunnex)