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Echoing the words of hero Andres Bonifacio, Chief Justice Maria Lourdes P. A. Sereno urged her fellow Filipinos to become revolutionaries fighting for the sake of the country.
Addressing the 117th Philippine Independence Day celebrations held this morning in Monumento, Caloocan City, Chief Justice Sereno said that "revolutionaries" refers to citizens working towards bringing forth meaningful social change within the bounds of the law.
“Ang buod ng pagiging rebolusyong ay hindi ang pagdanak ng dugo o ang paggamit ng karahasan. Ito ay hindi rin depende sa estado ng isang tao…Ang pagiging rebolusyonaryo ay ang ang masusing pag-aaral ng mga sakit ng lipunan at ang paghahanap ng solusyon sa mga sakit na ito, (The essence of being a revolutionary does not involve the shedding of blood or the use of violence. It also does not depend on a person's social status. Becoming a revolutionary arises from the ability to perceive the sickness of society and find solutions to cure its ills)," the Chief Justice said.
Paying special tribute to the hero who founded the Katipunan and paved the way for Philippine Independence, the Chief Justice emphasized how Bonifacio rose from his humble roots through extensive self-studying, which in turn, enflamed his nationalistic fervor.
“Hindi man nakapagtapos ng pormal na edukasyon si Gat. Andres Bonifacio, higit pa ang kanyang kaalaman at karunungan sa napakaraming mga taong matataas ang pagsalita. Pagka’t nasa kanya po ang katalinuhan na dulot ng tunay na pagmamahal sa bayan.(Although Gat. Andres Bonifacio did not finish formal education, his knowledge and wisdom was greater than others who had high speech. Rather, he possessed intelligence rooted in his true love for his country),” stressed the Chief Justice
She challenged every Filipino to follow Bonifacio’s example of heroism and similarly strive to become revolutionaries. She said: “Kaya nga po sa araw na ito, hindi po ba natin dapat tanungin ang ating sarili… Ano pa po ang aking magagawa upang lalong ma-antig ang pagmamahal sa bayan ng aking sarili at ng mga tao sa aking paligid? At ano ang kakaibang gagawin ko mula ngayon upang ako’y makatulong maisakatuparan ang lalong ganap na kalayaan ng sambayanang Pilipino?” (That is why today, let us ask ourselves: What more can I do to strengthen love for this country, and what extraordinary thing must I do in order to achieve a fuller independence for the Filipino nation?).
Finally, the Chief Justice asked citizens and fellow public servants to give utmost importance to the hard-earned country’s independence bravely fought for by our elders and reiterated the Judiciary’s commitment to protect and preserve the country's freedom and independence.
“At sa larangan naman ng hustisya, naririto ang Korte Supreme upang sabihin na hangga’t kami ay tumatayo, naririto kami, kaakibat ninyo upang pangalagaan ang kalayaan ng ating Bayan (And as for justice, the Supreme Court is here to say that as long as we are standing, we will remain here as your partner in protecting the freedom of our nation)," she said.
Chief Justice Sereno and city officials led the 2015 Philippine Independence Day celebrations at the Bonifacio Monument in Caloocan City with a flag raising and wreath laying ceremony, followed by a 21-gun salute and release of doves and Philippine flag-themed balloons. Also in attendance were Caloocan City Mayor Oscar G. Malapitan, Northern Police District Director Jonathan Ferdinand G. Miano, National Historical Commission of the Philippines representative Marilou M. Dancel and other city officials. ###