Acclaimed English fantasy writer Neil Gaiman reacted after a children’s publishing house was accused of “radicalizing” young people with its books Martial law.
This was after the General Manager Alex Paolo Monteagudo of the National intelligence coordination agency asserted without foundation that Adama houseThe “#NeverAgain” “#NeverAgain” book pack was part of a communist plot to “radicalize” children.
He shared a photo of the book package on Facebook with the caption:
“This is how the CPP / NPA / NDF radicalizes not only our young people, but also our children. The Adarna publishing house has published these books and now they are on sale to subtly radicalize Filipino children against our government now! “
spokesman Lorena Badoy of the National Task Force to End the Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC). commented on his post:
“Adarna’s target audience ranges from small children to elementary level children. So soon, they are planting hatred and lying in the tender hearts of our children. Mga demonyo talaga.
He told another Facebook user that the publisher is not “PCC” or the Communist Party of the Philippines but presumably he was infiltrated.
“Well, it goes on for a long time. Marami silang beautiful books, ”Badoy he wrote.
Adarna announced Wednesday that her titles on or with topics related to the years of martial law are on sale and can be pre-ordered under the “#NeverAgain” package.
This came after former Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. was seen driving the partial and unofficial counts for the presidential elections of 2022.
He is the son and namesake of Ferdinando Marcos Sr. responsible for enforcing nine-year martial law in the country which has seen various human rights violations and violations.
Amnesty International estimated that around 70,000 were imprisoned, 34,000 people were tortured and over 3,200 were killed.
Critics have used the phrase “#NeverAgain” to remember the period and use it to protest and prevent abuse from happening again.
Meanwhile, the books Adarna’s package includes children’s stories from that era and a Filipino translation of a book published in Spain in 1977.
“Ito ang Diktadura” illustrates the characteristics of the dictators and presents a gallery that includes Marcos Sr.
Other books are “Si Jhun Jhun, Noong Bago Ideklara Ang Batas Militar”, “Edsa”, “The Magic Arrow” and “Isang Harding Papel”.
The headlines aren’t explicitly communist or anti-government, but officials often equate the two with terrorism.
Rights group Karapatan said Adarna’s books “are produced by renowned and award-winning Filipino children’s book writers and illustrators.”
It is an established family-owned publishing house founded by National Artist Virgilio Almario.
His vision, according to his placeis to mold a “Filipino child who loves and appreciates his or her history, culture and country”.
Its mission, on the other hand, is to create products and services “used at home and in school to promote a love of the country, language and learning”.
“Adarna House is a conversation that began in 1980 when it was founded to respond to the need of Filipino children to develop their minds through enjoyable learning opportunities and memorable literary experiences,” part of its About Us section read.
“Today, this conversation includes a multitude of valuable partners who share our enthusiasm for children, our commitment to education and our passion for reading,” added the publication.
Adarna did not comment on the red card issue, but only further encouraged Filipinos pre-order the “#NeverAgain” book pack.
The incident, however, caught Gaiman’s attention as he read a news bulletin about the publication which had been tagged in red.
“Not good,” he commented on Friday.
Not well. https://t.co/1fQJhwCyMg
– Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) May 12, 2022
Her tweet has so far garnered 10,000 likes, 3,340+ retweets, and 530+ quote tweets, with some Filipinos leaving comments on her post.
“Thank you for amplifying our voice. Please help us and our history editors continue to hold the line,” a Twitter users She said.
“Thank you Lord. I grew up reading Adarna’s books. I just bought my son these books that the government has targeted because I want him to learn history and literature. Your support means a lot to literature teachers and parents like me ”, another online users he wrote.
“Thanks for sharing this! As a Filipino children’s book author living in the Philippines, I find it truly alarming. Not to mention that my family members were persecuted during martial law, “children’s book author Tanya Guerrero She said.
A historian previously stated that “contingency plans”Were drafted in terms of sources and references involving the martial law period.