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Mayor Honey enjoins support for duly-elected officials of the land

Commemoration of the 159th birth anniversary of Gat Andres Bonifacio in Manila
Manila Mayor Honey Lacuna and Vice Mayor Yul Servo led the commemoration of the 159th birth anniversary of Gat Andres Bonifacio held in Tondo yesterday. (JERRY S. TAN)

“MAGING bahagi tayo ng pagbuo, hindi ng pagkasira. Maging daan tayo ng pag-unlad, hindi ng pagbagsak.”

This was the call made by Manila Mayor Honey Lacuna as she led the commemoration of the 159th birth anniversary of Gat Andres Bonifacio held at the Bonifacio monument in Tondo, Manila yesterday, where she also appealed for unity behind duly-elected officials of the land in order to ensure success in governance that would redound to the benefit of everyone.

Also present in the said event were Vice Mayor John Marvin Yul Servo Nieto, city councilors, relatives of Gat Andres Bonifacio, Alvin Alcid of the Pambansang Komisyong Pangkasaysayan ng Pilipinas, Division of City Schools Superintendent Dr. Magdalena Lim, Jessica Santos of Tutuban Properties, Inc. and representatives from the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of the Philippines and the Order of the Knights of Rizal, as well as department heads.

Too, the lady mayor enjoined everyone to emulate Bonifacio who put love of country above all, setting aside his personal interests and welfare to the point of losing his life.

“Ipamalas natin ang malasakit di lamang para sa sarili kundi para sa iba. Sundin natin ang mga payak na batas at pairalin natin ang malawak na kaisipan. Ialay natin ang ating panahon sa mga makabuluhang gawain. Manindigan tayo sa tama, di lamang sa salita kundi lalo na sa ating mga ginagawa,” Lacuna said in her remembrance message.

She added: “Mahalaga ang pakikiisa ng lahat sa sinumang pinuno na nahalal ng higit na nakararami. Alalahanin natin na ang tagumpay ng pamahalaan, ay tagumpay ng taumbayan. Sama-sama nating harapin ang anumang hamon o pagsubok nang may pagtitiwala at pagmamalasakit sa isa’t isa. Gamitin nating inspirasyon ang kadakilaan ni Gat Andres Bonifacio. Panaigin natin ang ating pagka-Pilipino.”

Lacuna, in expressing pride that Bonifacio is a true-blooded Manilan, described him, thus: “Isang tunay na Batang Maynila, may puso at malasakit sa bansa” whose life must serve as an inspiration to strive amid poverty and be an instrument in fighting all forms of injustice.

“Sa mga nasaksihan niyang panggigipit at paglapastangan sa mga karapatang pantaong dulot ng mga mananakop ay nanindigan siya at pinamunuan ang paghihimagsik at hinirang siya bilang supremo ng Katipunan,” she said.

“Ito ang hamon sa atin sa kasalukuyang panahon. Wala mang dayuhang mananakop tayong kailangang labanan, ngunit mayroon pa ring mga panlipunang suliranin tayong kinakaharap. Ganap man nating tinatamasa ang Kalayaan, ngunit mayroon pa rin sa ating nakararanas ng pang-aabuso, pagmamalabis, at paninikil ng mga mapagsamantalang indibidwal,” the mayor added.

Lacuna said that Filipinos showed strength and resilience during the height of the pandemic for the past two and a half years, and continue to face the challenges on a day-to-day basis not only for themselves but for their families.

In the midst of all these, Lacuna said that the only certain source of hope and assistance is the government, both local and national and officials who continuously strive to help and deliver services and programs to alleviate the problems brought about by the pandemic.

On the other hand, she stressed the importance of cooperation, involvement and support of the public and in the case of Manila, its residents.

Servo, for his part, cited the sacrifices made by Bonifacio for the country and went on to also cite that as a lady doctor, Lacuna could live comfortably but chose a more complicated path just to be of service to others.

Itchie G. Cabayan
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