President Duterte has encouraged the nation to draw inspiration from revolutionary hero Andres Bonifacio’s courage and determination in facing challenges such as the coronavirus pandemic and building the country’s better future.
In a taped message Monday, the President paid tribute to the Filipino patriot on his 157th birth anniversary and expressed hope that Filipinos would become “worthy heirs” of the country he fought for years ago.
According to the President, Bonifacio sparked the “fires of a revolution” that awakened the nation in fighting for its rights and building the nation.
“His love for the country which aroused our ancestors to fight for our freedom and secure our rightful place in the community of nations is very vital now, more than ever, as we overcome the challenges of COVID-19 pandemic,” Duterte said.
“As we remember his life and deeds, may the values he fought for inspire us all to become worthy heirs of a just, progressive, and inclusive society that he envisioned more than a century ago. Fueled by Bonifacio’s extraordinary courage and determination, let us surmount the many challenges ahead and secure a much better and brighter future for every Filipino,” he said.
The President did not attend the Bonifacio Day ceremony held in Caloocan City on Monday.
His prerecorded message instead was aired during the commemoration that was carried live on state television.
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana led the flag-raising and wreathlaying ceremonies at the Bonifacio monument during this year’s commemorative program with the theme “Bonifacio 2020: Tapang at Kaligtasan Tungo sa Malayang Lipunan.”
Simultaneous ceremonies were held in other historic sites in honor of Bonifacio.
Bonifacio, born of poor parents in Tondo, Manila on Nov. 30, 1863, worked as a messenger and warehouseman before getting involved in the revolution against the Spanish colonial rule.
He formed the Katipunan that fought for Filipinos’ independence and laid the groundwork for the first Philippine Republic.
He was later elected the Supremo of the revolutionary group.