Bonifacio monument toppled by DPWH to make way for road project in Makati

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On November 30, the whole country will celebrate the birthday of the courageous Andres “Supremo” Bonifacio. But the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) seems to have its own approach to the upcoming commemoration as it topples down his centennial monument in West Rembo, Makati to make way for the road project linking Bonifacio Global City in Taguig and Ortigas Center in Pasig.

The monument which was located inside Makati Park and Garden was inaugurated in 1997 as a memorial for the 100th d***h anniversary of the founder of Kataas-taasan, Kagalanggalangang Katipunan ng mga Anak ng Bayan (KKK) or more commonly known as “Katipunan”.

According to The Inquirer, as seen on the following photo, when they checked the construction site, they found the monument tied up to the flag pole.

The historical marker has also been piled with the debris in a gazebo of the park. The monument had a commemorative marker from the National Historical Institute, [now National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP)].

According to the NHCP Guidelines on Monuments Honoring National Heroes, Illustrious Filipinos and Other Personages, a monument cannot be relocated if:

  • relocating a monument will mean its destruction;
  • if there was no prior consultation or due process;
  • if the site to relocate the monument is still uncertain, and
  • if the new development plans conflict with those of the existing plans

However, Rene Escalante, NHCP chair told the Inquirer that the DPWH did not coordinate with them about the matter; much less inform them about the demolition. Furthermore, NHCP deputy director Carminda Arevalo reportedly wrote to Makati Mayor Abby Binay on Nov. 2 as a request for coordination with the city government on the DPWH project, and advised the mayor “not to undertake any work or changes in the area until we approve the development plan.”

Executive assistant of the Makati government Marga Calupitan told the Inquirer that the City Hall of Makati have not formally responded to NHCP since it was “still looking into the matter”.

NHCP and The Inquirer said they have written to and contacted DPWH but have not received any reply.

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