We commemorated two very important events in Philippine history last week. National hero Jose Rizal was banished to Dapitan, Zamboanga del Norte in July 6, 1892, heralding the end of his La Liga Filipina and the Propaganda movement as a whole. Upon knowing about Rizal’s banishment the following day, July 7, Andres Bonifacio (who is a member of the La Liga) founded the revolutionary group Katipunan, with the aim of ending Spanish rule in the Philippines.
Knowing the significance of these two momentous events, I am deeply disappointed that the dates became virtually unnoticed to most Filipinos – who were bombarded last week with news reports about the corruption in PCSO. What a shame that over a century after Rizal and Bonifacio showed heroic leadership to Filipinos, here we are battling the scourge of corruption.