Philippines: On Memory and Impunity
Dealing with the past is a necessary means to break the cycles of impunity. Memorialization, as an integral part of dealing with the past, is especially relevant as the Philippines is facing the risk of forgetting an excruciatingly painful part of its history — a past that should never be forgotten.
Memorials play an important role in fighting against impunity and in peace-building. To maximize their effectiveness, they have to be integrated in a comprehensive and strategic plan for social transformation.
As Czech novelist Milan Kundera said: “The struggle of man against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting.”