BACOOR CITY: The city government launched on Thursday the revised edition of the book Proclamation Philippine Independence: The Truth About August 1, 1898
Bacoor Assembly (A Historiographical Inquiry) at Plaza de Mariano A. Gomez here.
The book was launched on the occasion of the 220th birthday of Padre Mariano Gomez and 121st anniversary of the Bacoor Assembly.
Padre Gomez was part of the Gomburza trio whose execution by Spanish authorities inspired the Propaganda Movement led by Jose Rizal and other national heroes.
Dr. Emmanuel Franco Calairo authored the book whose first edition was introduced last year during the same celebration.
According to Calairo, Emilio Aguinaldo did not sign the June 12 proclamation draft due to some unclarified provisions.
He also stated in his book that Aguinaldo instructed Apolinario Mabini to draft the “Act of Independence,” which was ratified on Aug. 1, 1898 by municipal presidents from the provinces who were controlled by a revolutionary army.
The Act of Independence written by Mabini was ratified by the Malolos Congress on Sept. 29, 1898.
Calairo urged the Naional Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) and the Congress to review the proclamation of the Philippine independence.
“Isang malaking hamon na ibinibigay natin sa mga awtoridad sa historical commision, sa ating kongreso at sa ating mga mambabatas na pag-aralan, tukuyin, ipakita at paliwanagan tayo kung ano ba talaga ang dapat nating sundin (It is a challenge for the authorities like NHCP and Congress to study and clarify to us what date should we follow),” Calairo said.
Meanwhile, Bacoor City Mayor Lani Mercado-Revilla noted that it would be better if the book would be distributed throughout the country.
“Napakagandang pagkakataon din ang okasyong ito upang mabigyan ng pagpapahalaga ang kagitingan ng mga makabagong bayani, ang mga salinlahi ng ating ninunong nagpamana ng kanilang pagkamakabayan sa kasalukuyang henerasyon na mga millenials (It is our opportunity to give importance to our heroes, our godfathers who showed patriotism and influenced the new generation),” said Mercado-Revilla.
Mercado-Revilla and Sen. Maria Lourdes Nancy Binay led the flower offering and blessing of the Padre Mariano A. Gomez monument.
Binay was the guest of honor and speaker during the event with NHCP Chairman Rene Escalante and provincial and local officials, including the province’s various historical groups and advocates.