MANILA -- Former President and now Manila Mayor Joseph "Erap" Estrada likened himself to Andres Bonifacio as he marked the hero's 150th birth anniversary at the Bonifacio Shrine in Manila on Saturday.
In his speech, Estrada pointed out that he and Bonifacio were both born in Tondo, Manila.
He said they were also both actors during their time. He portrayed the role of film character "Asiong Salonga" while Bonifacio took part in stage plays as folk hero Bernardo Carpio.
He also said that he and Bonifacio also had the same fate as leaders.
Estrada was deposed from presidency in 2001 and was succeeded by a Macapagal -- Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, and was convicted for plunder and detained. Meanwhile, Bonifacio, the supreme leader or "supremo" of the Katipunan movement, was also deposed in 1897, arrested and convicted.
But Estrada said he was fortunate enough that he was not killed after his conviction, unlike Bonifacio who was killed in Maragondon, Cavite as directed by also a Macapagal -- Lazaro Macapagal, commanding officer of the execution party.
The former president, along with Vice President Jejomar Binay, led the wreath-laying ceremony at the Bonifacio Shrine in Manila on Saturday morning.
President Benigno Aquino III also paid tribute to the life and legacy of Bonifacio by leading the flag-raising and wreath-laying activities at the Bonifacio Shrine in Caloocan. -- Report from Johnson Manabat, dzMM