President Duterte, on the occasion of the commemoration of the 153rd birth anniversary of Andres Bonifacio has called on Filipinos to live up to the spirit of the hero who founded the Katipun an, “whose spirit was patriotic, unfettered, and independent.”
“Every waking day is an invitation to dedicate our lives for a worthy cause; to uplift the quality of life of our countrymen; and to bring back the pride and honor in our identity as a people,” the President said in his Bonifacio Day message issued on Wednesday.
The commemoration, he added, is an important day as the nation honors the father of Katipunan and the Great Plebeian from Tondo, “whose life and legacy have inspired countless generations and whose actions have shaped the course of our nation’s history.”
The President said Bonifacio dared to lead a mass action that defied the colonial rule and quelled the hunger of a people longing for change.
“He belongs to the league of heroes willing to lay down his life and put aside his own interests to honor the nation and defend it from its enemies. His courage and love of country served as a guiding torch in the midst of darkness,” he added.
He further stated that the government is calling on the public to get involved in community and national issues that affect every Filipino lives.
“May we all find strength to tap in our collective voice so that we can know ourselves better and understand our struggles in history. Let us cultivate our capacity to act united and share common aspirations for a peaceful, just, prosperous, and truly free nation,” he added.