Children deserve to develop critical thinking on issues that affect not only their personal lives but also the government, said Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Spokesperson Atty. Jacqueline Ann de Guia.

This statement came after a learning module on Media and Information from the Department of Education (DepEd) has urged students to refrain from joining peaceful assemblies such as rallies, citing that the government is doing its best for all Filipinos and its constituents.

“Love for one’s country is not limited to mere obedience, but can also be manifested through collectively tackling issues of our communities and the country under the guidance of rights entitled to us and protected by the Constitution,” said de Guia.

The CHR official noted that love for country includes the people’s right to freedom of speech and expression, peaceful assembly, and petition the government for redress of grievances.

“We stress that our current freedoms that we enjoy today are fruits of past struggles. Instead of discouraging dissent, it would be better to demand better services and accountability from the government and its officials as part of their duty to respect, protect, and fulfill the rights of all,” she added.

This is not the first time that the education department was called out online for its “faulty” distance learning modules. A day after classes in public schools resumed, netizens spotted a mathematical equation with an incorrect solution aired on DepEd TV.

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