Nakiisa ang mga magigiting na kinatawan ng Knights of Rizal Italy sa ika-21 International Assembly at Conference ng Knights ng Rizal (KOR) na ginanap sa Mindanao. Pinangunahan ang delegasyon mula Italya ni Area Commander ng Italya na si Carlos M. Simbillo at kabilang sa delegasyon sina Dennis Rodrigo Fernandez, Virgilio Garcia at Divino Dennis Ilagan.
Ginawaran ng pinakamataas na pagkilala ng Knights of Rizal sa Davao si President Rodrigo Roa Duterte
Sa unang araw ng ika-21 selebrasyon ng International Assembly at Conference ng Knights ng Rizal (KOR) sa SMX Convention Center sa Lanang, Davao City. Isa si Presidente Rodrigo Roa Duterte sa mga ginawaran ng Knight Grand Cross of Rizal (KGCR) o Kataas-taasang Puno ng Kapatiran ng mga Maginoo ni Rizal sa harap ng mahigit sa 500 mga kinatawan ng Knights of Rizal mula sa iba’t-ibang panig ng mundo.
Natanggap ng Presidente ng Pilipinas ang Order na natatanging sash, medalyon at isang sable na sumisimbolo ng kanyang taglay na antas, ang Knight of Grand Cross of Rizal. Ito ay ang pinakamataas na antas ng Order ng ang Knights ng Rizal na ipinagkakaloob lamang sa isang tao na nagkamit ng isang natatanging tagumpay para sa Pilipinas at ang Chief Executive ay pinarangalan para sa kanyang “ulirang tagumpay bilang Pangulo at pagpapanumbalik ng pananampalataya ng mga tao sa gobyerno”.
Masayang tinanggap ng pangulo ang Knight Grand Cross of Rizal na napag-alamang highest degree of order na iginawad sa pamamagitan ni dating Supreme Court Chief Justice Reynato Puno, ang kataas-taasang kumander ng Knights of Rizal, sa panahon ng internasyonal na kombensiyon ng mga kabalyero ng Maka-Rizal.
Inihayag ni Pangulong Duterte ang mga naging kontribusyon ni Dr. Jose Rizal pati na ang mga mahahalagang nakasulat sa mga librong Noli me Tangere at La Solidaridad.
Umaasa ang chief executive na mangunguna rin ang grupo ng Knights of Rizal sa kampanya na gawing pederalismo ang sistema ng bansa lalo na’t mismong si Dr. Jose Rizal aniya ay may nakitang kabutihan noon kung ganito ang pamamaraan sa pagpapatakbo ng gobyerno. Kahit na sino ay maaari umanong maging kagaya ni Dr. Jose Rizal sa pamamagitan ng paggawa ng kabutihan.
Ayon sa isang naging tagapagsalita, si Dr. Jose Rizal ay isang karakter na nakalarawan sa Pangulo – isang leader na kinakitaan ng katapangan, pananalig, at emosyonal na lakas bilang siya ay nagsisilbi sa interes ng bansang Pilipino at pagsugpo sa paglaganap ng bawal na gamot.
Ang pagpupulong na internasyonal na kombensiyon ng mga kabalyero ng Maka-Rizal ay dinaluhan ng ilang mga miyembro na kumakatawan sa iba’t ibang kinatawan ng kapatiran, hindi lamang sa Pilipinas kundi sa buong mundo tulad ng sa Estados Unidos, Canada, Europa, Gitnang Silangan, Africa, Australia at Hong Kong.
KOR Italy, saksi ng Bantayog ni Rizal na pinasinayaan sa Lungsod ng Tagum
Naging makasaysayan ang bawat araw ng selebrasyon sa Davao at Tagum City. Lubos ding hinangaan ang mga naging kaganapan sa pagiging punong abala ng dalawang kilalang siyudad sa Mindanao sa pagtutulungan para maging masigla at kahanga-hanga ang naging preparasyon para sa pagpaparangal kay Gat Jose P. Rizal sa monumento nito sa Lungsod ng Davao.
Nakatanggap din mula sa Italya ng “Lifetime Membership Award” si Divino “Dennis” Ilagan ng Knights of Rizal Modena Chapter at kasalukuyang Pangulo ng “Mabinians” sa Modena.
Pinasinayaan sa ikatlong araw ng makulay na selebrasyon ang bagong bantayog ni Gat Jose Rizal na may taas na 8.85 talampakan sa harap ng dating Pamahalaang Lungsod ng Tagum na pinamahalaan ng City Historical Commission. Pinangunahan ni dating Punong Mahistrado ng Korte Suprema at Supremo ng Knights of Rizal Reynato Puno, Sr. at Sir Allan Rellon na siyang City Mayor at Chapter Commander ng Tagum City ang pagpaparangal sa pamamagitan ng seremonya ng pag-aalay ng bulaklak at isang 21 gun salute.
Ginanap ang pinakahuling yugto ng selebrasyon sa bagong Pamahalaang Pang-lungsod ng Tagum. Naging saksi sa makasaysayang okasyon ang naging pagdalo ng mahigit sa 500 kinatawan ng Knights of Rizal mula sa iba’t-ibang panig ng mundo kasama ang mga nagmula pa sa Italya at Europa.
Sa bansang Italya muling pinangunahan sa pagdalo ng delegasyon ng Area Commander ng Italya na si Carlos M. Simbillo at kabilang sa delegasyon sina Dennis Rodrigo Fernandez, Virgilio Garcia at Divino Dennis Ilagan. Magiting naman na pinangunahan ng mga kumatawan sa delegasyon ng Europa ang mga kahanga-hanga at walang pagod na ipinamalas ng mga mataas na kinatawan ng Knights of Rizal Europe Region na sina Europe Regional Adviser Felino Paras, KGCR at Europe Region al Commander Consul Antonio Guansing, KGOR, Europe Deputy Regional Commander Albert Arevalo, Deputy Chief of Mission Consul General Allan Deniega ng Brussels, Belgium, Hon. Consul General Peter Van Bogaert, Spiritual Adviser Fr. Jorgedy Bago, Rev. Fr. Carmelo Horlador , Belgium Area Commander Jimboy Rebong, Czech Republic Area Commander Noubikko Ulanday kasama sina Adam Trcka at Alena Sotornikova, dating Germany Area Commander Werner Filsinger, UK London Chapter Commander Arthur Nieva kasama sina Zaida Cenzon at Junart Nieva at Felipe B. Yap, Jr. ng Brussels, Belgium.
Ang Order ng Knights ng Rizal ay isang sibiko at makabayang organisasyon na may de-kalidad na layuning pag-aaral sa mga aral ng pambansang bayani ng bansa, si Dr. Jose Rizal, at palaganapin ang mga turong iyon sa mga tao.
ulat ni Lourdes Manalang Cunanan
SPEECH OF PRESIDENT RODRIGO ROA DUTERTE
DURING THE 21ST INTERNATIONAL ASSEMBLY AND CONFERENCE OF THE KNIGHTS OF RIZAL
Delivered at SMX Convention Center Davao City| 23 February 2017
Chief Justice Reynato Puno Sr., Supreme Commander Knights of Rizal, and other members of the Supreme Council; members of the Knights of Rizal; honorable guests; my beloved countrymen.
Your conferment upon me today of the Knight Grand Cross of Rizal, the highest degree was the Knights of Rizal could give any person with, is truly humbling.
I must confess, however, that I suffer the sense of inadequacy knowing that I stand before assemblage of men who are so fused with patriotic fervor, deeply imbued with Dr. Jose Rizal’s ideals and visions, and dedicated to the diffusion of his writings and teachings.
Tell me, how does one relate appropriately to such people with lofty credentials? That is the circumstance under which I labor and I can only hope that I would justice the award that you bestow upon me today.
My friends, when I threw my hat in the presidential ring, I knew that our country has beset to the multitude of problems, some minor but mostly major.
I did not know then how deeply ingrained and enormous those problems were. Nonetheless and early on, I felt that there must be a meaningful change or reform with those occupying the highest positions in government.
We know what we need or ought to do but we do not do them because our concept of government is parochial and we cannot rise above our family ethnic and clan loyalties.
As we push through ourselves to a better Philippines, I recall Dr. Jose Rizal’s writings. Thus I have also written the change or reforms if they are to bear fruit must come from the above for change or reforms that come below are upheavals, both violent and transitory.
Perhaps, it would be good for us to revisit the wisdom contained in the words of Dr. Jose Rizal, which reverberate from centuries passed.
To start with after Rizal published the Noli Me Tángere, he created a lot of enemies. And Father Sanchez of the Society of Jesus, who feared for his life and safety and security, warned him of terrible consequences.
He asked Dr. Jose Rizal, “You do not fear the consequences of your boldness?”
Rizal answered: “Father, you are a missionary. When you are on a mission, do your duty without fear of consequences. Are you not afraid, too?”
Father Sanchez retorted: “That is completely a different thing.”
Rizal said, “Not at all, Father. Your mission is to baptize pagans. Mine is to dignify men.”
In his letter to Resurrección Hidalgo, he said, “I have laughed at my misfortunes because nobody wanted to weep with me.”
These are but two of the country’s messages of the wisdom that Dr. Jose Rizal either said or wrote. But these two meaningful outstand because of their simplicity and richness in their meaning and implication.
To say that Dr. Jose Rizal was ahead of his time is no empty statement.
For instance, my administration has proposed to shift from a governmental structure to a federal system. But it is really nothing new for in this the Filipinas Dentro de Cien Años, “The Philippines a Century Hence,” published at La Solidaridad circa  and 1890.
Dr. Jose Rizal saw the merits and the advantages of a federal system of government. No wonder, he predicted that the Philippines would probably adopt a federal republic once liberated. [applause]
For now, we do not need to discuss what these advantages are. That will follow later. Frankly, I hope to see the Knights of Rizal in the forefront of the campaign to shift to the federal type of government.
All of us know how Dr. Jose Rizal died. But we do not know how he lived. Men become heroes not so much because they have died but more so of how they lived.
Indeed, Dr. Jose Rizal’s life was a heroic struggle to dignify the Filipino.
As aptly said by Leon Maria Guerrero, it was when he was commissioned to write a brief of Dr. Jose Rizal’s life that he discovered that the way Dr. Jose Rizal died was not so important as the way he lived.
And since his life was essentially apostleship, the way he lived was not so much important as what he thought and wrote. One’s thoughts revealed in the words government wants life. That is how things are.
Dr. Jose Rizal is as relevant to us now as he was in this nation during his lifetime. His words echo and re-echo through the years, but sad to say, it seems that we have not profited enough from their wisdom.
We need to reexamine our conscious along the lines of Dr. Jose Rizal. Rizal’s thoughts, aspirations, and vision, and then decide whether we strengthen the bond that unites us as a people and nation or tear this country apart.
Finally, let us not delude ourselves into believing that Dr. Jose Rizal was a faultless being because he was not, he was mortal like us.
Summing up the person that Dr. Jose Rizal was, Leon Maria Guerrero in 1961 award winning biography of Dr. Jose Rizal, entitled, “The First Filipino”:
“Rizal was not perfect and he was not always right, but I trust that those who read the story of his life will perceive that his humanity is precisely the secret of his greatness.”
You can be a Rizal, I can be Rizal in our own modest ways and within the limits of our competence and capacities. We can all be Rizals.
Thank you and good evening to all.
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