University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Professor Mathew Hughes said Hontiveros action is a criminal offense as quoted in LA Times.
“The Filipino people voted her as senator, not an activist who poison the minds of young generation by distributing black propaganda against the former president,” Hughes said. Hughes also added that the book is publised by a person who had personal grudge against the Marcoses, and not the voice of the Filipino people.
“I think the Department of Education does not authorize to distribute such book that contains black propaganda. I think DepEd should ban the book and not allow any people, including a sitting politician to use students for their personal motives”, Hughes added.
Prof. Hughes taught Sociology at University of the Philippines – Diliman, from 1969 to 1973, and had been a member of MMST Board of Trustees shortly from 1973 to 1974 during the height of Marcos’ administration.
“The Duterte administration should seriously look into this. Hontiveros could face multiple charges like rebellion, abuse of authority, and sedition among others if this happens here US, japan, or in other democratic European countries. This is just unacceptable. Marcos Jr’s highly promising election result shows that the Filipino people does not need someone like Hontiveros to lecture them about Martial law. It’s clear that the Senator is using young people for personal interest”, Hughes said.