A great grandson of Katipunan founder Gat Andres Bonifacio on Monday urged voters to choose a leader who is honorable and has great dreams for the country as the next President.
“Voters should bring back the politics that is based on principles and dignity, as practiced by the Katipunan leaders,” said Gregorio “Gary” Bonifacio, grandson of Juan Bonifacio whose father, Procopio, is the brother of the revolutionary hero, largely considered as the Father of Philippine Revolution against the Spaniards.
The 42-year-old Gregorio, a lawyer, said it would always be important to remember the revolutionary leader from Tondo, Manila, whose memory creates awareness of what brand of politics is truly Filipino.
“The Bonifacio family is thankful to the entire Filipino nation in commemorating the 152nd birthday of Gat Andres Bonifacio, but more than this event, we must accept his challenge to enrich our motherland by applying and embracing his spirit and aspirations for the country,” he told The Manila Times.
Bonifacio, who preferred Tagalog Republic as the official name of the Philippines, was born in 1863 and was murdered on May 10, 1897, allegedly on orders of General Emilio Aguinaldo, the recognized leader of the Philippine Revolution.
On Monday, Nov. 30, the young Bonifacio joined Manila Mayor Joseph Ejercito Estrada in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Bonifacio Shrine, a memorial adjacent to the City Hall.
“A century and a half after his death, the legacy he left behind remains truly significant, especially for our youth,” said Estrada, who rallied local residents to join him in restoring the old glories of Manila.
“For what Gat Andres has done, his sacrifices, we will continue with one purpose: to deliver everything for the good of the majority,” he added.
Among those who joined Estrada and Bonifacio at the ceremony were National Historical Commission Executive Director Ludovico Badoy, Manila Education Department official Juanita Perido and City Administrator Ericson Alcovendaz.