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Mayor Isko emphasizes Manileños’ love for country

Pat C. Santos

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Mayor Domagoso said the Bonifacio’s ideals and principles should be instilled in Manileños and Filipinos. (MPIO)

Manila City Mayor Francisco ‘Isko Moreno’ Domagoso emphasized the importance of love for country and love for God as the local government commemorates the 157th birthday of Gat Andres Bonifacio.

The commemoration event was held on Monday, 30 November, at the Kartilya ng Katipunan of the Andres Bonifacio Monument where the code of ethics of the Kataastaasan, Kagalanggalang Katipunan ng mga Anak ng Bayan (KKK), the revolutionary group founded by Bonifacio to fight the Spanish colonizers, is placed.

The mayor was joined by Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna-Pangan and City Council Majority Floor Leader Joel Chua, other councilors, Bonifacio kin Mr. Renier Catalasan and military host Col. Hernanie Songano of the Philippine Navy Marines, among others.

In his speech, Domagoso said the Bonifacio’s ideals and principles should be instilled in Manileños and Filipinos as their own little way of showing love for the country.

“Sana’y maging takdang-aral ang mga ibinilin ng mga bayani katulad ni Gat Andres Bonifacio. Ang pagmamahal sa bayan at sa kapwa,” Domagoso said.

“Kung talagang mahal natin ang bansa, dito niyo ipakita sa panahon ngayon. Dito natin ipakita ang pagiging makabayan, tayo sa kanya-kanyang field of undertaking, sa kanya-kanyang obligasyon, sumipol tayo, galingan natin,” he added.

Domagoso also called on the youth to be more active and to be more critical of their government and public social issues, but cautioned against resorting to violence to make their voices heard.

“Nananawagan ako sa mga kabataan ngayon. Bagay lamang na tayo’y mag-usisa, bagay lamang na tayo’y magmasid, bagay lamang na tayo’y magsiyasat ngunit ipinapaalala ko sa kabataan ngayon, hindi kailangan maging marahas, hindi kailangan gumamit ng dahas at labanan ang kapwa natin Pilipino,” Domagoso said.

“Hangga’t ako ang alkalde sa lungsod, mananatili itong (Bonifacio Shrine) malinis, maayos, at pipilitin namin ipaalala sa mga kabataan na may tamang pagmamahal, may tamang pamamaraan ng pagpapakita ng pagmamahal sa bayan,” he said.

While the revolution waged by Bonifacio was an armed struggle, Domagoso explained that it was a struggle against Spanish colonists.

“Ang mga bayani natin, totoo at hindi maikukubli, gumamit sila ng mga armas laban sa mga dayo, laban sa mga mananakop, at hindi natin kalahi,” he said.

Public servants should also take note of the teachings of the country’s heroes, Domagoso said.

“Tulad ng mga sinabi ng ating mga bayani, ‘ang hindi lumingon sa pinanggalingan ay hindi makararating sa paroroonan,’” he said.

“Kaisa ninyo (ang Pamahalaang Lungsod) na kinikilala ang mga dangal, kagalingan, kabaitan sa darating pang panahon upang gabay ang mga ito sa amin sa pang-araw-araw naming paglilingkod,” Domagoso added.

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