Binay proposes creation of Martial Law Museum

Posted at 05/15/12 2:43 PM

MANILA, Philippines -- Vice President Jejomar Binay on Tuesday proposed the establishment of a Martial Law Museum to make the younger generation more aware of the struggle for democracy and freedom during the said period.

Binay, who was detained several times during martial law, said he drew inspiration from the Holocaust Museum and the Korean War Memorial Museum.

“We need to remind our youth that the freedom they now enjoy -- the freedom to speak their minds freely, among others -- was paid for with the sacrifices of brave Filipino patriots who may have belonged to different political groups but were united in the fight for freedom and democracy," Binay said in a statement.

“Often these rights are taken for granted. But we must remind them there was a time in our history when speaking one's mind can land a person in jail, or worse," he added.

Binay said he had already talked to some personalities who played key roles in the protest movement during martial law and that they were all very receptive to his proposal.

The Vice President they are already drawing up plans for the concept and structure of the museum and scouting for possible sites.

Apart from promoting awareness of the struggle against martial law, he said the museum could also be promoted as a tourist destination.

“Dapat lang tayong mag-isip ng mga paraan para maka-attract tayo ng mga turista at marami pa po tayong maaring magawa for tourists among other things,” Binay said.