MANILA, Philippines — As the country commemorates Andres Bonifacio’s 159th birthday, the Department of Defense (DND) on Wednesday stressed the need to embody his “fervor, integrity, and excellence” in facing current threats to peace.
DND officer-in-charge Jose Faustino Jr. said this in a statement, citing the father of the revolution as a “sterling example of grit and dedication to the cause of the country’s liberation.”
“Today, we honor and emulate Bonifacio’s heroism amid the tribulations and adversities we face as a people in this era,” said Faustino.
“…We may no longer be a country that grapples with the struggles we endured during the time of our great heroes, but our time presents new challenges that necessitate the same fervor, integrity, and excellence to defend and protect our nation’s peace and stability,” he added.
According to Faustino, Bonifacio’s “unmatched patriotism” continues to inspire Filipinos — from his time to succeeding generations — to fight for the country’s security and peace.
The chairman of the defense department also recalled Bonifacio’s bravery, as well as his own penned Katipunan Decalogue or the Duties of the Sons of the People which guided the revolution in their struggle to liberate the nation from colonial rule.
“For him, the height of honor and happiness of a person is to make the ultimate sacrifice for the good and salvation of one’s country,” said Faustino.
“Let us continue to work together for the continued betterment of our nation. Mahalin natin ang ating bayan, gaya ng pagmamahal na isinabuhay ni Gat Andres Bonifacio (let’s love our country, like the love that Gat Andres Bonifacio showed),” he added.