‘Like Boni­fa­cio, seek real, mean­ing­ful progress’

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ON THE 145th birth an­niver­sary of rev­o­lu­tion­ary hero An­dres Boni­fa­cio, Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte called on his fel­low coun­try­men to em­u­late Boni­fa­cio by seek­ing “real and mean­ing­ful” progress in the na­tion.

Duterte, in his mes­sage on Boni­fa­cio Day, said each Filipino should unite to rid the na­tion of un­abated pro­lif­er­a­tion of cor­rup­tion, crim­i­nal­ity, nar­cotics trade, and hos­til­i­ties of armed groups.

He urged the public to en­vi­sion a “peace­ful, or­derly and com­fort­able life for all” to make the coun­try “bet­ter and more pro­gres­sive.”

“Let us fight to free our­selves from the grasp of cor­rup­tion, crim­i­nal­ity and il­le­gal drugs; to lib­er­ate our peo­ple from the clutches of ter­ror and vi­o­lence; and to pre­serve our ideals, val­ues and way of life,” Duterte said.

The Pres­i­dent paid tribute Wed­nes­day, Novem­ber 30, to Boni­fa­cio “who ig­nited the fires of revolt that led to the foun­da­tion of our na­tion and brought free­dom to our peo­ple. “

He said Filipinos are duty-bound to rein­vig­o­rate Boni­fa­cio’s ul­ti­mate goal to pro­mote “civic con­scious­ness and na­tion­al­ism.”

“On this day, we pay tribute to An­dres Boni­fa­cio, the ‘Fa­ther of the Philip­pine Revo­lu­tion,’” the Pres­i­dent said. “As the heirs of his revo­lu­tion, it is our solemn obli­ga­tion to bring life to his as­pi­ra­tions and usher in an era of civic con­scious­ness and na­tion­al­ism.”

Branded as the “Fa­ther of the Philip­pine Revo­lu­tion,” Boni­fa­cio led the rev­o­lu­tion­ary se­cret so­ci­ety Katipunan in 1896 to fight Span­ish colo­nial rulers.

Duterte cited Katipunan he­roes’ gal­lantry as a good prece­dent to en­cour­age Filipino peo­ple to ac­tively par­tic­i­pate in na­tion-build­ing, es­pe­cially when the coun­try’s fu­ture “is at stake.”

“As we strive to give a peace­ful, or­derly and com­fort­able life for all, may we never lose sight of our shared vi­sion for a bet­ter and more pro­gres­sive Philip­pines. Like Boni­fa­cio, let us light the flames of change that will bring about real and mean­ing­ful trans­for­ma­tion in our na­tion,” he added.

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