Look: National Heroes’ photos instead of the president’s portrait, now hang on Davao Hall wall

Look: National Heroes’ photos instead of the president’s portrait, now hang on Davao Hall wall

As observed by all government offices and public schools in the Philippines, the portrait of the highest official in the land and the highest official in the city hang on its premises.

But in September 15, 2017, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte issued a Memoradum Circular directing all goverment agencies, including government-owned or controlled corporations, state universities and colleges and public schools at all levels to display or exhibit photographs, paintings, or other forms of visual representation of Philippine heroes.

“The state shall provide the means to strengthen the people’s nationalism, love of country, and respect for its heroes by emphasizing the importance of Philippine national and local history in the daily life of the Filipinos with the objective of raising social consciousness and patriotism,” it stated.

Attached to the Memorandum was the list of 14 Philippine national heroes identified by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines. Among those listed were Rizal, Bonifacio, Del Pilar, Antonio Luna’s brother, Juan Luna, Emilio Aguinaldo, Apolinario Mabini, Melchora Aquino, Gabriela Silang, Lapu-Lapu, Father Jose Burgos, Father Mariano Gomez, Father Jacinto Zamora, Emilio Jacinto and Jose Abad Santos.

In Davao City, instead seeing the photos of Davao City Mayor ‘Inday’ Sara Duterte, Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte and President Duterte, four photos of national heroes hang inside Davao City Council session hall. The portraits of Marcelo del Pilar, Jose Rizal, Andres Bonifacio and Antonio Luna are now seen in placed at the center below the emblem of the city council.





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