‘PNoy, not students, should study history’
PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III is the one that needs to study Philippine history, not the young students he chided for not knowing that Apolinario Mabini was a paralytic in a popular film about Gen. Antonio Luna, a leftist group said Wednesday.
“Si Mabini laging nakaupo, si Noynoy hindi dapat nakaupo. [Mabini was always seated, but Aquino should not be sitting in power],” said Anakbayan national chairman Vencer Crisostomo. “With Aquino’s zealous subservience to US imperial interests, it would be no surprise if anti-imperialist stalwarts Mabini and Luna would condemn him if they were alive today.”
Anakbayan said instead of building up national industries as envisioned by Mabini and Luna, Aquino’s policies feature the pimping of Filipinos abroad through its labor export policy and the unlimited plunder of the country’s resources by multinational corporations.
“Maybe General Luna would shout at him if he were alive today,” Crisostomo said.
Crisostomo also accused Aquino of inviting the US military bases back into the country, and denounced him as a US puppet.
Anakbayan said, however, that Aquino had nobody to blame but himself if some young people know little about Philippine history.
“It is the height of hypocrisy for Aquino to mock today’s youth when it is precisely the K-12 curriculum which his administration railroaded that took away the study of Philippine History from high school. He is the one who has learned nothing from history,” Crisostomo said.
In a speech during the awarding ceremonies for the 2015 Apolinario Mabini Awards, Aquino referred to social media messages about how some students who watched the historical movie “Heneral Luna” did not realize that Mabini was a paralytic and asked why he was seated all the time.
“I was really surprised when I heard about this,” Aquino said.
“Even though only a few students said this, this is still a reflection of a lack of education about Philippine history,” Aquino said.
Aquino said he had not seen the film, which has been selected as the Philippines’ official entry to the Best Foreign Language Film category for the 2016 Oscar Awards.