By Freddie Veles
CITY OF MALOLOS, Bulacan — Thousands of people in the province of Bulacan on Friday gathered at the Barasoain Church in this city, the seat of Revolutionary Congress where the First Filipino constitution was drafted and ratified, to celebrate the 119th anniversary of the Malolos Congress.
The Malolos Congress celebration sealed the weeklong festivity wherein Senator Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino 1V and Ricojudge Janvier Echiverri, Asec for external and legislative affairs of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) were the guest speakers.
Echiverri attended the event in behalf of President Duterte.
Aquino in his speech before thousands of Bulakenyos urged everyone not to forget the sacrifices of the great people who fought for freedom not only in Bulacan which is now enjoying growth and development in its 21 towns and cities, but nationwide.
“Sa panahon ngayon ay kalimutan muna natin na mayroong mga dayuhan na nagnanais sakupin ang ating bansa, sa halip magsama-sama tayo para sa iisang layunin, at ‘yan kung papaano umunlad ang bawa’t mamamayan sa bansang Pilipinas,” he said.
Meanwhile, Echiverri, read the speech of President Duterte , said that it’s an honor to commemorate the 119th anniversary of the Malolos Congress.
“Tularan natin ang ginawa ng ating mga dakilang bayani, mahalin natin ng tunay ang ating bayan, igalang natin ang ating bayan tulad ng paggalang natin sa ating mga ninuno, upang tayo ay makarating ng maginhawa sa ating paroroonan,” Echiverri said.
He said President Duterte is calling everyone’s cooperation by reporting those politicians and barangay officials who are involved in the proliferation of the illegal drug trade which is very alarming.
“Nakikiusap ako, ang sino mang barangay officials na nandirito ngayon o nandyan sa tabi-tabi na magpahanggang ngayon ay sangkot sa ipinagbabawal na gamot, magresign na kayo dahil hindi namin kayo tatantanan,” Echiverri said.
Governor Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado for his part, said the Malolos Congress highlights the Bulacan month-long celebration, a tribute to the sacrifices and patriotism of the brave Bulakenyo freedom fighters and noblemen.
“Kung may isang lalawigan sa bansang Pilipinas na nag-alay ng maraming anak sa dambana ng kalayaan magmula pa nang una itong sinambilat ng mga dayuhang mananakop ilang daang taon na ang lumipas, iyan ay ang dakilang lalawigan ng Bulacan na nagpadaloy ng dugong Bulakenyo sa tulong ng mga Kapampangan sa kanal ng Bangkusay sa pagtatangkang bawiin ang naglahong kaluwalhatian ng Kaharian ng Tondo at Maynila mula sa mga banyagang Kastila,” Alvarado said.
Other local officials who attended the historical event were Vice Governor Daniel R. Fernando, Mayor Christian D. Natividad, Mayor Ambrosio “Boy” Cruz Jr., LMP president-Bulacan chapter, National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) executive director Ludovico Badoy, Vice Mayor Bebong Gatrchalian, provincial board members, senior citizens, students, teachers, nongovernment organizations, local government employees and other sectors of society in Bulacan.
According to the Philippine history, the Malolos Congress was drafted by 85 delegates comprised by 43 lawyers, 17 doctors, five pharmacists, three educators, seven business men, a priest and four farmers.
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