New movement aims to have Andres Bonifacio recognized as PH’s first president
The struggle to put the hero in his rightful place continues.
InterAksyon.com reports that on Saturday, August 3, a movement aiming to have Andres Bonifacio recognized as the first president of the Philippines was launched with some of the country's prominent historians in attendance.
According to the report, the group Sentro ng Nagkakaisa at Progresibong Manggagawa (SENTRO) has garnered the support of history professor Michael Xiao Chua and National Historical Commission of the Philippines chair Ma. Serena Diokno for their bid to make the Katipunan founder officially recognized as the country's first president instead of Emilio Aguinaldo. Aside from Chua and Diokno, National Artist Virgilio S. Almario, the hero's descendant, lawyer Gregorio Bonifacio, and media personality Lourd de Veyra also graced the event.
SENTRO said historians Gregorio E. Zaide, Teodoro A. Agoncillo and John M. Taylor all wrote that "the Katipunan established a de facto government and elected Bonifacio president, a post he held form August 1896 until he was assassinated in May 1897" by Aguinaldo's men.
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