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'If we will criticize gov't, there will be no unity,' says DepEd TV teacher

 By Deighton Acuin and Archie Villaflores

PHOTO: Benar News

“Is it right for public to criticize the government just because of having different beliefs?”

An instructor of Department of Education – Television (DepEd TV) made the question to grade 6 pupils for social studies lesson, as he discussed the division of Katipunan members, a revolutionary society founded by Andres Bonifacio and other patriots in 1892.

In an episode of “Kumbensyon sa Tejeros,” the instructor explained how Katipunan divided into two — The Magdiwang led by Bonifacio and Magdalo led by Emilio Aguinaldo.

He also made the comparison with the present situation in the Philippines.

“Parang sa kasalukuyan. Kung hindi natin tutulungan ang ating mga pinuno, paano nila magagawa ang mga programa at proyekto nang maayos? Tama bang punahin natin ang lahat at hindi tumulong dahil iba ang ating pinaniniwalaan? Sa paraang ito, nawawala ang pagkakaisa,” the instructor explained.

“Lahat sila [members of Katipunan] ay handang mamatay para sa bayan. Ngunit dahil sa hindi pagkakakaunawaang personal at politikal sa mga kasapi ng Katipunan, nagkaroon ito ng dalawang paksiyon. Umusbong ang alitan at pagkakawatak-watak,” he also said.

He also asked students about their take on the historical events.

“Ano ang masasabi ninyo dito, mga bata? Maganda bang pangyayari ito sa ating kasaysayan? Ano sa tingin niyo? Kung ang sagot niyo ay hindi, sang-ayon ako sa inyo. Dahil kung walang pagkakaisa at watak-watak, paano nila lalabanan ang mga Español?

It is worth noting, but the instructor seems like only reading a prepared script for the episode.

Media outlets already sought a comment from DepEd but has yet to send a reply as of this moment.


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