A DESCENDANT of the late hero Andres Bonifacio yesterday urged President Rodrigo Duterte to give the founder of the Katipunan a state funeral and recognize him as the first president of the “Tagalog Republic”.
In an interview with the media during the 153rd birth anniversary of Bonifacio at the Bonifacio Monument Circle in Caloocan City yesterday, Susan Distrito, the greatgrand child of Espiridiona Bonifacio Distrito, better known as “Lola Nonay,” and younger sister of the father of Philippine Revolution, said that her great-grandfather should be accorded with a state funeral.
She also reiterated that her great-grandmother Lola Nonay should also be buried in Libingan ng mga Bayani or beside her brother Andres since she, too, was part of the revolution as she was tasked to bring bullets to the revolutionaries which she hid in a cooking pot filled with rice.
Distrito added that her great-grandmother also often hid guns under her skirt and took care and cook food for the wounded katipune-ros. Espiridiona was buried in Manila South Cemetery when she died at the age of 76.
She said that President Duterte has the prerogative to grant a state funeral to those considered worthy of it, like Andres Bonifacio, who was considered as The Great Plebeian. She added that during the administration of President Benigno Aquino III, they also asked for a state funeral for their great-grandfather but their request falls on deaf ear. “Hindi ko naman sila masisi kasi malapit siya sa kaanak ni Emilio Aguinaldo,” Susan said.
Bonifacio, according to historians, was ordered killed by Aguinaldo, along with his brother Ciriaco in the mountains of Maragondon, Cavite, on May 10, 1897.
Meanwhile, during the wreath-laying ceremony led by Mayor Oscar “Oca” Malapitan, the mayor said that nowadays the country needs more Gat. Andres Bonifacio’s people who are brave to stand up against oppression and love their Motherland more than themselves.
He expressed his hope that the people of Caloocan will make Gat Andres Bonifacio their role model as he exemplifies the characteristics of an honorable Filipino.
“We are all heroes. We just need to find and tap that heroism inside all of us and be guided by our great forefathers who fought for our country,” the mayor said in his speech.
Also present during the celebration were Congressman Along Ma-lapitan, Congressman Egay Erice, Vice Mayor Maca Asistio, Northern Police District director Senior Supt. Roberto Fajardo, Caloocan police chief Senior Supt. Johnson Almazan, the Sangguniang Panlungsod members and the relatives of Gat. Andres Bonifacio.