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PH Navy recognizes Bonifacio’s role in quest for freedom

One of the three Gregorio Del Pilar frigates, formerly Hamilton-class cutters acquired from the United States from 2011 to 2016, was named after the hero Gat Andres Bonifacio, founder of the Katipunan, in honor of his contribution to the country’s quest for freedom during the Spanish colonial rule.

The BRP Andres Bonifacio (FF-17), the sister ship of BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (FF-15) and BRP Ramon Alcaraz (FF-16), arrived in the Philippines on Dec. 9, 2016.

“Your Navy recognizes the distinct contribution of the Father of the Katipunan and acknowledges his deeds and ultimate sacrifice for the price of freedom,” Philippine Navy spokesperson Commander Jonathan Zata said on Friday on the 155th birthday of Bonifacio.

“His boldness, patriotism and vision for a better nation are virtues that are alive and well within the AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines) and your Navy,” Zata added as the entire nation celebrates Bonifacio Day.

On Nov. 30, 1863, Bonifacio, the father of the Philippine Revolution, was born in Tondo, Manila.

He was one of the founders of Katipunan and later became its Supremo (Supreme Leader). The Katipunan was a movement that sought the independence of the Philippines from Spanish colonial rule in the late 1800s.#