Representative Amado Bagatsing wants to turn the Rizal monument around, because that makes so much sense
He's not kidding, why are you laughing?
(SPOT.ph) Well, this came a day late for our collection of 10 Representatives in Congress Who We Wish Were Fictional...But Aren't. Remember the name: Representative Amado Bagatsing. In a heroic attempt to mediate between the people who care about certain things like culture and the people building the Torre de Manila, Representative Bagatsing opened his mouth and these words came out: "Sabi nga ng mga tao buti pa ang kalabaw nakaharap sa siyudad. Eh bakit si Rizal nakatalikod? To me Rizal is national hero. He should not be classified as a traitor. He should face his accusers and the city. Kaya nga umikot sya noong siya ay tamaan eh. May dahilan kung bakit sya umikot."
Yes, good citizens of this metropolis, the representative wants the Rizal statue to be made to face the other way. Not only does that make our National Hero look less like a traitor (in Representative Bagatsing's opinion), it also solves the photobombing problem with Torre de Manila. Rearranging a cultural and historical landmark for a condominium? Why not?
Without blatantly facepalming, National Commission for Culture and the Arts legal counsel Trixie Angeles explained, "Binibigay natin kay Rizal ang pinakamahalagang real estate sa bansa na nakaharap siya sa dagat. Ang intensyon ng iskultor ay iharap sya sa dagat, ang tubig ay pinahahalagahan natin."