Jose Rizal monument in Madrid allegedly vandalized
Screencap from the Visayan Daily Star
The monument of Jose Rizal in Madrid has allegedly been vandalized with "dirty words," Bro. Jaazeal Jakosalem, property administrator of the University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos, said in a GMANews.tv report.
A photo, taken by Jakosalem and posted on the Visayan Daily Star, shows the words "Mason de mierda (Mason shit)!" painted in red on the monument located along the Avenida de Las Islas Filipinas. Jakosalem, who is in Spain for the 54th General Chapter of the Order of Augustinian Recollects, said he saw the vandalism on November 16.
Jakosalem told the Visayan Daily Star, "Yes, Jose Rizal was a former Mason. But he was born a faithful and devoted Catholic, embracing masonry as a consequence of liberating his people, and only to embrace back the Catholic faith before his death--in the end, being forgiven and forgiving his executioners for the sake of freedom."
He said the vandalism is a wake-up call for Philippine embassy officials to "take care of our cultural heritage, too, inside and outside of our country." The perpetrators have not been identified as of posting time.
According to the Visayan Daily Star, the monument was inaugurated on December 5, 1996 to commemorate the national hero’s 100th death anniversary. The ceremony was also part of the centennial celebration of the Philippines’ independence from Spain.