BDAP: BANNING ‘SUBVERSIVE BOOKS’ VIOLATION OF FREEDOM OF THOUGHT
THE BOOK Development Association of the Philippines said that the removal of ‘subversive’ books from libraries of universities and colleges is a violation of freedom of thought.
“To remove literature which explicitly accounts for Philippine radical thought, and other similar books, will raise a future generation that is ignorant and subservient,” BDAP said.
The Kalinga State University, Isabela State University and Aklan State University previously pulled out and turned over publications about the government’s peace negotiations with the National Democratic Front to the military.
“We need to remember that the goal of subversive literature is to encourage people to think for themselves while having access to different perspectives and possible ideals,” the group added.
BDAP said that Filipinos must become independent thinkers and discerning, judicious learners and must read other minds to be able to tell right from wrong.
The removal of the documents, according to critics, is an infringement on academic freedom.