Press Release
November 30, 2016

Koko calls on Filipinos to remember, emulate the values of the "Great Plebian"

As the nation celebrates the birth anniversary of freedom fighter Gat Andres Bonifacio on Wednesday, Senate President Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III asked Filipinos to remember and learn from the values of the revolutionary leader.

Pimentel said that just like Bonifacio, Filipinos should never give up fighting for what is right even if the odds seem to be overwhelmingly against them.

"We enjoy our freedom today because Bonifacio dared to fight the oppression of the Spaniards," said Pimentel.

Pimentel said the Supremo's "selfless love" for his motherland should inspire the youth to fight to make the country better.

Pimentel said that the life of Bonifacio, who rose from humble origins to lead a national revolution, shows that power and riches are not necessary to make a difference.

"Bonifacio fought for Change in the most difficult way possible. Today we don't have to join the Katipunan and charge at loaded rifles. All we need to do is speak out against injustice and be a real Partner for Change," Pimentel said.

"Change has come, but we must be wary and ensure the country would move forward and not backward," Pimentel said.

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