Three statements on policies allegedly adopted during the administration of the late president Corazon Aquino are part of a video circulating online.
Originally posted on May 13 by YouTube channel KAPATID AVINDZ, reuploaded by a TikTok user, and reposted by Facebook (FB) page Mr. Realtaker two days later, the video claimed that:
- The practice of contractualization was approved during the Aquino administration;
- Reserved Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) was made voluntary during her term; and
- The Bataan Nuclear Power Plant (BNPP) was not allowed to operate during her administration to prevent losses for Meralco and maintain the Cojuangco’s control over the energy sector.
Not true. Former president Ferdinand Marcos Sr. signed a presidential order allowing labor contractualization. ROTC was made mandatory in 1991 during Aquino’s term, and it became optional under a law signed by former president Gloria Arroyo in January 2002. Health and safety concerns were cited as reasons why the BNPP never became operational.
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