Honasan to Thomasians: ‘Be responsible, be discerning’
"Huwag basta-basta tanggapin natin ‘yung sa social media, alamin natin kung sino ang source, kung responsible lang or nanggugulo lang or nagpapagamit."
Senator Gregorio Honasan challenged Thomasians yesterday, Feb. 14, to be weary of information from the internet especially about history in a lecture titled EDSA People Power: Telling the Other Side of the Story.
“‘Yun ‘yung challenge, ano ‘yung role ng youth, be responsible, be discerning. Huwag basta-basta tanggapin natin ‘yung sa social media, alamin natin kung sino ang source, kung responsible lang or nanggugulo lang or nagpapagamit, ang hirap i-regulate ang social media,” Honasan said.
The senator said that millennials should be responsible with the Internet as anyone can alter facts online.
“Ano ang pinakamahirap sakyan na revolution ngayon? Internet. It has become a double-edged weapon, madami diyang matitino at madami din diyan trolls. Pag-ingatan niyo ‘yan kapag sinusulat niyo ang history.”
Honasan also asked History majors to write history objectively.
“You [must write] with complete information devoid of any partisan and political motive,” he said.
Honasan told TomasinoWeb that Central Student Council (CSC) President Janela Love Nartates’ remark on forgiving the Marcoses is valid, but pointed out that former President Ferdinand Marcos should be investigated in court to end the issue.
“[T]his is a democracy, there is freedom of speech, that is an opinion. Now, if that resonates with the entire student body, as long as masunod ‘yung due process. President Marcos, even if he is deceased already, is given a day in court para history will judge him in a clearer light,” he said.
Former Office of Student Affairs director Dr. Evelyn Songco, who also gave a lecture, shared the same sentiments with Honasan and asked students to respect Nartartes’ statement.
“[T]hat is their opinion, I don’t have anything to say for that or about because that is their opinion, so I think we should respect the opinion of the president of the Central Student Council,” Songco said.
Nartates said that the CSC has forgiven the Marcos family in her State of the Council Address (SOCA), but added that they are not forgetting the atrocities committed during the Martial Law era.
She apologized for the remarks in a Facebook post two days after the SOCA.
The forum is the fifth part of UST History Society and UST Central Commission on Elections’ “KaSAYSAYan Lectures.”
The first EDSA People Power Revolution in 1986 was a nationwide resistance against Marcos. The country will celebrate its 31st anniversary on Feb. 25. – John Gabriel Pe