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Why Rizal Will Not Like The President Duterte If He Is Alive Today

Why Rizal Will Not Like The President Duterte If He Is Alive Today

Submitted by • July 2, 2020 hubpages.com

José Protasio Rizal Mercado y Alonso Realonda, or simply Jose Rizal is revered as a national hero, a truly deserving honor for many. He never fired a shot, or wielded blades like Emilio Aguinaldo, or Andres Bonifacio to incite an armed uprising. But his works awakened nationalism among Filipinos by exposing the corrupt practices of the colonial government officials and Spanish friars. Together with his fellow illustrados, they strived for equality during their stay in Spain.

Rizal’s approach to nationalism rejected violence. He favored peaceful means, and we could say that the freedom we are enjoying right now is his fitting legacy.

But then as I skimmed on the life story of our National Hero, it makes me wonder if Rizal would receive the same honor if he lived today. The question came in the back of my mind based on the current situation in the Philippines. But more importantly, how would he react if he meets the president of the Philippines. By the time this article is written, Phi

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