Palace or­ders gov't agen­cies to dis­play pho­tos of he­roes, not of­fi­cials

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MALA­CAÑANG has or­dered all gov­ern­ment agen­cies to dis­play pho­to­graphs, paint­ings or other forms of vis­ual rep­re­sen­ta­tions of Philip­pine he­roes in pub­lic of­fices in lieu of pho­to­graphs of gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials.

Ex­ec­u­tive Sec­re­tary Sal­vador Me­di­aldea, by au­thor­ity of Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte, signed Mem­o­ran­dum Cir­cu­lar (MC) 25 on Septem­ber 15, di­rect­ing all pub­lic of­fices to ex­hibit

vis­ual rep­re­sen­ta­tions of the coun­try’s he­roes, in a bid to pro­mote “so­cial con­scious­ness and pa­tri­o­tism.”

MC 25 re­quires all pub­lic of­fices, in­clud­ing gov­ern­ment-owned and -con­trolled cor­po­ra­tions, state uni­ver­si­ties and col­leges, and pub­lic schools at all lev­els, to com­ply with the or­der.

All gov­ern­ment of­fices are in­structed to dis­play pho­tos of Philip­pine he­roes iden­ti­fied by the Na­tional His­tor­i­cal Com­mis­sion of the Philip­pines (NHCP).

Rec­og­nized he­roes of the coun­try in­clude Jose Rizal, An­dres Boni­fa­cio, Emilio Aguinaldo, Apoli­nario Mabini, Marcelo H. del Pi­lar, Juan Luna, Mel­chora Aquino, Gabriela Si­lang, Lapu-Lapu, Emilio Jac­into, and famed priests Jose Bur­gos, Mar­i­ano Gomes, and Jac­into Zamora.

“It is the pol­icy of the state to pro­mote and pop­u­lar­ize the na­tion’s his­tor­i­cal and cul­tural her­itage,” the mem­o­ran­dum cir­cu­lar read.

“The state shall pro­vide the means to strengthen the peo­ple’s na­tion­al­ism, love of coun­try, and re­spect for its he­roes by em­pha­siz­ing the im­por­tance of Philip­pine na­tional and lo­cal his­tory jn the daily life of the Filipinos, with the ob­jec­tive of rais­ing so­cial con­scious­ness and pa­tri­o­tism,” it added.

The sign­ing of MC 25 de­vel­oped af­ter Duterte said on July 18 that he would is­sue an or­der pro­hibit­ing the dis­play of his pho­tos in all gov­ern­ment of­fices.

This was also prac­ticed by Duterte when he was the mayor in his home­town Davao City. SunS­tar Philip­pines

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