by Angela Christa Coloma
A DAY after her “controversial” resignation as the head of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines, Maria Serena Diokno took to the streets November 30 and urged millennials not to turn their backs against their history.
“Wag natin kalimutan ang ating kasaysayan. Wag natin talikuran ang ating kasaysayan,” Diokno told a 3000-strong crowd at the People Power Monument in EDSA.
Diokno, who resigned November 29 as protest to the unannounced heroes’ burial of late president and dictator Ferdinand Marcos, said sticking up to her principles prompted her to resign.
“Kailan ba naging kontrobersiyal ang manindigan?” She said.
She believed that President Rodrigo Duterte, who said he owed the Marcoses, should be held accountable for the burial of Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.
“Masyado siyang nakakapit sa mga kaalyado niyang nais bumalik sa kapangyarihan,” she said.
Diokno urged millennials not to be swayed by the Supreme Court’s 9-5 decision which allowed the burial of Marcos at the Libingan ng Mga Bayani.
“Remember: ang “pwede” hindi iyan pareho sa “dapat”. Sabi ng Supreme Court, pwede, pero at least siyam sa kanila nagsabi na pwede. Pero ang tanong ko: dapat ba?” She said.
Diokno, whose resignation takes effect December 1, plans to teach History at the University of the Philippines. She is mulling to go around communities and schools with fellow historians and social scientists to teach about martial law atrocities.