- Harry Roque filed a resolution calling for commission to probe US massacre of Moros
- Commission to also probe Japan’s sex slavery of Filipinas and Marcos regime’s violations
- Bill to commemorate Bud Dajo massacre filed in Lower House
MANILA, Philippines – Kabayan party-list Rep. Harry Roque has filed a resolution calling for the creation of a commission to investigate the 1906 Bud Dajo Massacre as well as other atrocities committed by Americans during the Philippine-American War.
“These and other atrocities of war and pacification campaigns suffered by Filipinos are little known even among today’s generation, because of the failure of the educational system to provide them with the proper teaching of history based on well-documented research,” Rappler quoted Roque’s House Resolution Number 339 as saying.
Aside from the Philippine-American War, the commission would also be tasked with investigating other atrocities committed against Filipinos throughout history—including the sexual slavery of Filipinas by Imperial Japan during World War 2 and the violations committed by late strongman Ferdinand Marcos’s regime which Roque described as “American-supported”.
Roque also commended Duterte’s decision to pursue an independent foreign policy and is calling on him to revoke the country’s Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with the US as it is “unequal”.
Bud Dajo Day Bill Pushed
Meanwhile, a bill seeking to commemorate the Bud Dajo massacre was filed in the Lower House by Bayan Muna party-list Rep. Carlos Zarate.
If passed into law, the bill would mandate government agencies to create activities that would raise awareness for the incident.
Zarate explained that his bill is meant to complement Duterte’ push for an independent country.
“For us to truly assert an independent foreign policy we must be steeped in our history from the point of view of our people and continue to proclaim it around the world,” he said. “We must never forget the abuses and atrocities done against the Filipino people and we should learn from its bitter lessons.”