EDITORIAL| Remembering a great man

TODAY we commemorate the day Andres Bonifacio was born 154 years ago. Most of us who study and work close to the downtown area pass through the Andres Bonifacio rotunda everyday, yet like other monuments in the city, it seldom merits another look by passers- by.

The monument, called “Handog ng Kapisanang Bayan at Wika sa Lunsod ng Dabaw” was a project of the city government finished in November 30, 1961, two years before his centennial day. Bonifacio was one of our most daring heroes who fought unflinchingly, leading a troop of poorly-armed but patriotic Filipinos  against Spanish colonizers.  He was the founder and leader of the Katipunan movement which sought the independence of the Philippines and started the Philippine Revolution. He was killed on May 10, 1897 by his own comrades.

The monument seems to be at the center of the vital structures of our local government. It is close to the Museo Dabawenyo, Osmeña Park and the Camp Capt. Emilio D. Leonor, the seat of the Davao City Police Office. It is also close to the San Pedro Cathedral, City Council of Davao, Rizal Park, City Hall and Quezon Park. It serves three main streets:  C.M. Recto Avenue, Father Selga St., and Pichon St.

Usually portrayed as a worker of little education, Bonifacio was in fact a learned man and savvy in the ways of strategizing, planning and leading. He organized the Kataastaasan Kagalang-galang na Katipunan nang nga Anak ng Bayan (KKK), or simply known as the Katipunan in 1892 after he was frustrated of the reformist La Liga Filipina, a movement to achieve reforms in the Philippines through peaceful means.

Bonifacio then was considered an enemy of the state, charged with treason, although the circumstances surrounding his death remain unresolved to this day.

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