Police Chief Inspector Andrea Bonifacio, a kin of the great Andres Bonifacio, called on to Filipinos to stop comparing her ancestor to Jose Rizal, whose style in fighting during the Spanish regime was different from Bonifacio’s.
During a ceremony at the “Supreme Monument” in Taguig City on Thursday for the 154th birth anniversary of Bonifacio, Andrea said that although the two heroes were different, we should instead, just commend them both equally and be proud for their heroism.
She also appealed to Filipinos not to associate her lolo with violence and use of force in achieving a goal.
“Tinayo niya ang Katipunan dahil mas gusto niyang mapalaya nang tuluyan ang ating bansa dahil kung titignan naman natin, siguro kung hindi siya lumaban baka hanggang ngayon hawak tayo ng dayuhang gobyerno,” said Andrea. [He founded the Katipunan because he wanted the total freedom of our country because if you look at it, if he hadn’t fought maybe until now we are controlled by a foreign government].
Chief Insp. Bonifacio is a forensic chemist at the Southern Police District Crime Lab. She was among the prime guests in a wreath-laying ceremony that was honored with a 21-gun salute.
DID YOU KNOW THAT: No law, executive order or proclamation has been enacted or issued officially proclaiming Jose Rizal as the sole “national hero.”
Jose Rizal, who has been taught since our elementary years in school to be the National Hero, have never been explicitly proclaimed as the national hero by the Philippine government. Besides Rizal, the only other Filipinos currently given implied recognition, commemorated in public nationwide (national) holidays and thus are implied to be national heroes are Andres Bonifacio and Benigno Aquino, Jr.. Read more about this.
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