Andres Bonifacio, Father of the Philippine Revolution

IN JUST a few days Filipino nationalists would celebrate the 148th birth anniversary of Andres Bonifacio, the Father of the Philippine Revolution.

Bonifacio is one of the heroes of our race which is reluctantly celebrated by the status quo for his ideas of freedom and democracy ran contrary to what our political system is designed to do — that is to be subservient to foreign interest.

Even his contemporaries are aghast by his revolutionary ideas that he had to be killed for his dangerous ideas “that could split the revolutionary government.”

But what are those dangerous ideas except to love the country with all one’s heart and protect the people’s interest. For these ideas he was ordered killed by rival Emilio Aguinaldo.

After killing the Katipunan founder and Supremo, Aguinaldo bared his intention by immediately selling the Philippine revolution to the Spaniards hence the pact of Biak na Bato and his and his lackeys exile to Hong Kong, where they shamefully fought a court battle how to divide the money they got from Spain.

Bonifacio is always compared to Jose Rizal, an act by the status quo designed to ensures his lowly status in the pantheon of our heroes.

The Father of the Philippine Revolution cannot be compared to Rizal as their historical tasks are quite different. Rizal was an inspiration while Bonifacio was the physical representation of that inspiration.

Bonifacio and Rizal, who are brother freema-sons, complement each other and as such are in equal footing with each other.


I received an e-mail from a concerned Social Security System employee who is alleging that a lot of SSS employees are being removed from the union rolls making them vulnerable to management harassment just because they raised questions about the alleged questionable practice of union leaders.

The gist of the mail is that the union led by Carol Basilio is allegedly remiss in its duties to protect the employees’ rights. What is worse, the e-mail sender said, is that whoever points out the union leadership’s failures immediately become a target of union reprisals.

The letter sender explained there was a time when Basilio was active in defending the rights of SSS rank and file employees but everything changed when Emilio de Quiros took the SSS helms. The union it seems became pro-management.

The letter sender alleged that the pro-management changes in union activities became apparent shortly after Basilio was promoted and lost her rank and file status.

If what is being alleged is true, Ms. Basilio had a lot of explaining to do. My column is open for your response.


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