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Golden years or dark ages? UST prof Dennis Coronacion wants gov’t to say what really happened during martial law

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The chairman of the University of Santo Tomas’ political science department has taken the government to task for failing to come up with an official narrative on Martial Law for the conflicting— and sometimes erroneous— accounts on the dictatorial rule imposed by former President Ferdinand Marcos.

Professor Dennis Coronacion said the absence of an official account of what transpired during Martial Law has left the issue open to debate.

“If you have an official history, it would be impossible for other authors to come up with their own version. If ever they would, it would not be patronized by other people,” Coronacion said in an interview with The Varsitarian.

For its part, Coronacion said UST is educating students about Martial Law in a liberal method, stressing the importance of democracy while at the same time highlighting the importance of retaining Christian values.

“Our purpose here is not to preach a political agenda. [Let] the students decide which side to take, whether the students will be pro-Marcos or anti-Marcos, it’s up to them. I think that’s the essence of liberal education – free thinking. The professor should not manipulate the decisions of the students,” he said.