MANILA - President Rodrigo urged Filipinos to “bring life” to Andres Bonifacio’s aspirations, as the country commemorates the 154th birth anniversary of the “Father of Philippine Revolution.”
In his message for the celebration of Bonifacio Day, Duterte said the Filipinos, as “heirs” of Bonifacio’s revolution, must be mindful of its “obligation to bring life to his aspirations and usher in an era of civic consciousness and nationalism.”
“At a time when the future of our country is at stake, all of us are called to become actively involved in nation-building,” Duterte said.
The President called on Filipinos to “free ourselves from the grasp of corruption, criminality and illegal drugs; to liberate our people from the clutches of terror and violence; and to preserve our ideals, values and way of life.”
“As we strive to give a peaceful, orderly an comfortable life for all, may we never lose sight of our shared vision for a better and more progressive Philippines,” he added.
“Like Bonifacio, let us light the flames of change that will bring about real and meaningful transformation in our nation.”
Various activities will be held around Metro Manila to commemorate Bonifacio Day, including flag-raising and wreath laying ceremonies at the Bonifacio Monument in Caloocan City; Bonifacio Shrine on Taft Avenue, Manila; Bonifacio Monument in Balintawak, Quezon City; and Bonifacio Monument in Tutuban, Manila.
Meanwhile, a rally will be held in Davao City’s Crocodile Park to voice support for the establishment of a revolutionary government, an idea floated but has been abandoned by President Rodrigo Duterte. Similar rallies will also be held in other parts of the country.
Malacañang has said there is no “factual or legal” basis to set up a revolutionary government in the Philippines which shall entail the declaration of government posts as vacant and the scrapping of the Constitution.
While the President has already dismissed the idea of setting up a revolutionary government, in recent days he said he wants an overhaul of the Constitution that has strong anti-corruption provisions.
To allay fears he would use the charter change to extend his stay in power, he assured the public he will step down once the revision of his desired version of the charter is fulfilled.