Hindi tinanggap ni Jeremiah Villaroman, kamag-anak ng National Hero ng bansang Pilipinas na si Dr. Jose Rizal, ang imbitasyon ng gobyerno sa kanya na makasama siya sa inauguration ng BRP Jose Rizal vessel.
“Count me out” ang tugon ni Jeremiah dahil sa umano ay kagustuhan ng Philippine Navy na siya ay maging “impartial sa political climate” ng bansa. Hindi maganda ang dating nito sa pananaw ni Jeremiah. Ayon kay Jeremiah, hindi angkop ang “request” sa kanya sa ipinaglaban noon ng kanyang ninuno na si Jose Rizal.
“So i just got the most disturbing callSo the Philippine Navy is inaugurating a new vessel in honor of Jose Rizal on the 19th which happens to be his birthday and calls were made to me and my cousins to attend, an effort for the younger generation of Rizals to step in as per the palace.”
Tinawagan daw siya at iba pang mga relatives niya para um-attend sa nasabing okasyon bilang pagpupugay kay Jose Rizal.
Karaniwan nang dumadalo si Jeremiah sa mga nasabing katulad na okasyon ngunit sa pagkakataong ito ay hindi umano siya makakadalo “for health’s sake”.
“I’m usually always game for functions like this but i’ve expressed my reservations for health’s sake,” ayon kay Jeremiah.
Dagdag pa ni Jeremiah, nagkaroon daw ng background checking sa lahat ng posibleng dadalo. Nakita umano ang mga social media posts ni Jeremiah at pinakiusapan siyang manatiling “impartial to the current political climate”.
“But this afternoon I got a call from my tita who has been in contact with their team to arrange everything for us.She mentioned that they did extra background checks on all the names submitted to Malacañang since I think the press will be invited too.They specifically flagged my social media accounts for sharing certain content that they seem to have deemed “inappropriate” requesting that I remain impartial to the current political climate due to the nature of the event I was going to attend on behalf of my family aka “take them down”.
Magalang ngunit may diin ang sagot ni Jeremiah sa kanyang tita.
“Hi tita hope they see the irony in all of this. I have no intention of staying silent when our basic human rights are being threatened. The man that they’re attempting to honor fought with a pen and a piece of paper and I choose to do so too with my phone. Count me out.”
Nagbigay rin ng paaalala si Jeremiah sa pagpapahalaga niya sa freedom of speech na ibinibigay ng 1987 Saligang Batas.
“Just a refresher for them. Section 4. No law shall be passed abridging the freedom of speech, of expression, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble and petition the government for redress of grievances. – 1987 Philippine Constitution.”
Narito ang ilang pahayag ng mga netizens bilang pagsaludo sa paninindigan ni Jeremiah:
“I commend your straightforwardness to not accept the invite for a very valid personal reason!! The commissioning of the BRP Jose Rizal could be more of significance to the life of the nation if the national leadership recognizes the basic human rights of the Filipinos!! But the irony is to curtail that primordial elements of democracy with Du30 certifying the bill on terrorism as urgent!” – Rubenito Corpuz
“I commend u for your principles & u stood ur ground for what is right! Ur lolo fought for d same reasons, the oppression of d government to its people. Hope u will always continue d FIGHT of ur lolo for our freedom & liberty to d tyrant leadership. Kudos to u sir!” – Ogie Wilfred Uberas
“Your ancestor, Jose Rizal’ will be proud of you for standing up for your principles and for love of your country. Mabuhay ka! ” – Rey Medina
“You made our national hero and heroes proud Filipino. ” – Maria Estrella Tapiador Caoili
Source: Daily Guardian