Vice President and Education Secretary Sara Duterte-Carpio on Tuesday denied that the Department of Education (DepEd) was “rebranding” Martial Law in its learning modules.

Educators recently hit a DepEd module that supposedly sought to rename Martial Law years as the “period of the new society.”

In a statement, Duterte-Carpio said her DepEd was “not in the business of erasing these facts and replacing them with something else.”

“Bilang education secretary, wala po sa aking mandato ang pagsira sa integridad ng ating kasaysayan. At ang Department of Education — na kasalukuyang abala sa mga programang naglalayong maiangat ang kalidad ng basic education sa Pilipinas — ay walang panahon para sa historical revisionism na pilit na iginigiit ng ilang mga anti-Marcos groups,” she said.

In explaining the controversial module, Duterte said the terms New Society/Bagong Lipunan and Martial Law were used in their proper contexts.

“The terms New Society/Bagong Lipunan and Martial Law are both historical facts. It is a historical fact that New Society refers to the program launched by Former President Ferdinand Marcos Sr. during his administration. And it is another historical fact that Martial Law refers to the 14-year rule of the former president,” she said.

The Philippines recently marked the 50th anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law, the first to be celebrated under the presidency of Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., the only son and namesake of the ousted dictator. John Ezekiel J. Hirro