Robin Padilla asserts his stand: Bonifacio is first PH President
Robin Padilla once again waxed patriotic in the occasion of National Heroes Day today, Aug. 27. Padilla has been constantly vocal about his politics and his support of President Rodrigo Duterte, regarding himself and fellow Diehard Duterte Supporters (DDS) as the new revolutionaries who shall continue Andres Bonifacio’s unfinished undertaking.
Padilla took to his Instagram page on Aug. 26 to share to his fans a video clip about his 2014 film, “Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo”, to better drive home his assertion: that Bonifacio is the first real President of the Philippines and deserves to be known as such and be given his own state funeral.
“Araw ng mga Bayani! San nga ba nagmula ang araw na ito? Bakit ito ipinagdiriwang sa buwan ng Agosto? Sino ba ang dapat unang kilalanin sa araw na ito?” Padilla wrote on his Instagram on Aug. 26. “Alam mo ba? Kilala mo ba kung Kanino mo utang ang kalayaan mo? Batid mo ba kung sino ang Ama ng Rebolusyon?”
(National Heroes Day! Where did this day arise from? Why is it celebrated every month of August? Who is the first person we should know and honor for this day? Do you know? Do you know who you owe your freedom to? Do you know who the Father of Philippine Revolution is?)
Padilla told his fans that many historians through the years have debated over Bonifacio being the Philippines’ first President. But as per Padilla, he and many others have their own lapses in upholding the truth. “Ang lahat kasama na ako ay may pagkukulang sa pakikipaglaban kung ano ang katotohanan,” he said.
(Everybody including me has their own lapses when it comes to fighting for the truth).
“Inilapit na namin sa mga sangay ng gobyerno ang pagtutuwid ng ating kasaysayan at pagyakap sa katotohanan ngunit naging bingi ang administrasyon ni Aquino,” Padilla continued to say.
(In the past, we’ve brought the matter to the branches of government so we can straighten out our history and embrace the truth, but the Aquino administration has been deaf).
He also shared that he has brought the matter to President Duterte, asking that Bonifacio be given a state funeral like all Philippine Presidents do: “Kagyat ko dinala sa Administrasyon ni Duterte ang katotohanan at hiniling namin muli na bigyan ng isang state funeral ang unang pangulo ng Pilipinas.”
(We also brought the matter to President Duterte’s administration and requested that a state funeral be given to the first President of the Philippines).
Padilla, however, said that during his last visit to Malacañan Palace, he noticed that Bonifacio’s portrait is still missing from the reception hall where the pictures of the Philippines’ Presidents are displayed.
“Ano nga bang sumpa ang tumama sa taong ito na sa hanggang ngayon ay ipinagkakait ng mga Anak ng Bayan sa ngayon ang katotohanan hindi lamang para sa kanya kundi para sa pakinabang at kaalaman ng taongbayan.”
(Just what kind of curse is it that afflicted this man, that until this very day, his own people suppress the very truth not just in his honor but also for the benefit and knowledge of citizens).
“Paano mabubura ang kulturang dayaan sa eleksyon at kudeta sa ating pulitika kung hindi pagbabayarin ang mga unang nagsaggawa nito…” Padilla asked, possibly referring to the House coup of now-Speaker of the House Gloria Arroyo last July which he fiercely slammed.
(How can we erase the culture of cheating in elections and coup d’etat in our politics if we don’t hold accountable those who first committed such?)
Padilla further questioned, “Isa lang ang dahilan na nakikita ko kaya ito nangyari sa kanya. Nakikita mo rin ba?”
(I only see one reason why this is happening to Bonifacio. Do you see it as well?) JB
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