Palace hits back at Mabini actor

MALACAÑANG on Thursday slammed actor Epy Quizon for criticizing the Philippines’ education system after students asked him about his role as Apolinario Mabini in the movie Heneral Luna.

Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said Quizon’s comments on the education system was “not reflective of the students’ level of awareness.”

“I believe the comments Mr. [Epy] Quizon received from three students are not reflective of the students’ level of awareness of our heroes,”

Coloma quoted a text message that Education Secretary Armin Luistro had sent him.

“Essentially, I assured the President [Aquino] that Philippine history, including local and national heroes, is taught in Grades IV, V and VI in the new K to 12 curriculum.In any case, I committed to discuss this concern with the curriculum supervisors and validate if the majority of the students have similar deficiencies.”

Quizon had recently said he was surprised when the students aked why Mabini had been sitting down in the entire movie, apparently not knowing he was a paralytic. Heneral Luna is the Philippine’s entry in the Best Foreign Language Film category of the 2016 Oscars.

Quizon’s statement became viral in social media when he posted on Facebook his comment on why Mabini had been sitting down in the entire movie.

“What have we been teaching these kids in our history classes?” Quizon said in his post.

A leftist group said President Benigno Aquino III was the one who needed to study Philippine history, not the young students he chided for not knowing that Apolinario Mabini was a paralytic.

Anakbayan said instead of building up national industries as envisioned by Mabini and Luna, Aquino’s policies featured the pimping of Filipinos abroad through its labor export policy.

“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,” Anakbayan national chairman Vencer Crisostomo said.

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