Manila Mayor Joseph E. Estrada proposed college subjects about Katipunan founder Andres Bonifacio and the Philippine revolution yesterday.
In a speech marking the 150th birth anniversary of Bonifacio at the Bonifacio Shrine near the Manila City Hall, Estrada said that Filipinos will better understand and appreciate Manila if Bonifacio’s role in the Philippine revolution would be discussed at length in schools just like Rizal’s.
“Maganda rin sigurong magkaroon tayo ng subject sa college tungkol kay Bonifacio kagaya ng kay Rizal. Marami tayong hindi alam tungkol kay Bonifacio at sa Philippine revolution na nagbigay sa atin ng kalayaan. Because to undertand Manila better, we must appreciate its significant role in Philippine history. We have to be proud of our past in order that it may inspire us to regain the glory of Manila as one of the great cities in the Asian region,” Estrada said.
Estrada cited similarities in his life with that of Bonifacio.
While Bonifacio was arrested and convicted before he was ordered killed in Maragondon, Cavite by “a certain Macapagal,” Estrada said he was also ousted and convicted in the administration of a Macapagal, referring to former President now Pampanga Rep. Gloria M. Arroyo.