Batas Rizal (Batas Republika 1425)
Upang mapanatiling buhay ang damdaming makabayan ng mga Pilipino, isinabatas ng pamahalaang Ramon Magsaysay noong Hunyo 12, 1956 ang pinanukalang batas ni Claro M. Recto na gawing sapilitang aralin sa kolehiyo ang buhay ni Jose Rizal sa pamamagitan ng kanyang mga akda.
Pagnilayan ang naging saysay ng Batas Rizal makaraan ang mahigit limampung taon na ito’y ipinatutupad.
Nagampanan kaya nito ang tinakda nitong layon? Papaano kaya ito mabisang ipatupad ngayong parang hindi na uso ang kabayanihan?
Republic Act No 1425 (June 12, 1956) An Act To Include In The Curricula Of All Public And Private Schools, Colleges And Universities Courses On The Life, Works And Writings Of Jose Rizal, Particularly His Novels Noli Me Tangere And El Filibusterismo
Section 1. Courses on the life, works and writings of Jose Rizal, particularly his novel Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo, shall be included in the curricula of all schools, colleges and universities, public or private: Provided, That in the collegiate courses, the original or unexpurgated editions of the Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo or their English translation shall be used as basic texts.
Sec. 2. It shall be obligatory on all schools, colleges and universities to keep in their libraries an adequate number of copies of the original and unexpurgated editions of the Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo, as well as of Rizal’s other works and biography. The said unexpurgated editions of the Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo or their translations in English as well as other writings of Rizal shall be included in the list of approved books for required reading in all public or private schools, colleges and universities.
Sec. 3. The Board of National Education shall cause the translation of the Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo, as well as other writings of Jose Rizal into English, Tagalog and the principal Philippine dialects; cause them to be printed in cheap, popular editions; and cause them to be distributed, free of charge, to persons desiring to read them, through the Purok organizations and Barrio Councils throughout the country.