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Jul 18, 2016
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After he confirmed to the press that he had been asked to head the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), musician Freddie Aguilar suggested a simple solution to the controversial Torre de Manila case.

As an InterAksyon.com report recalled, "The NCCA had issued an order calling on DM Consunji Inc. (DMCI) to stop the construction of Torre de Manila, which critics derisively called the 'National Photobomber' of the Rizal Monument at Luneta Park, Manila because it ruined the view of the monument of national hero Dr. Jose Rizal."

Aguilar was asked to weigh in on the festering controversy. He remarked, "Kung ako lang po ang masusunod...ito po ay personal opinion ko lang po...para wala nang gulo, pagpapalitin ko po yung p'westo ng kalabaw at saka ni Rizal. Ganoon lang po ka-simple."

By "kalabaw," Aguilar is referring to the life-size statue of the animal located in the western section of the Luneta. It's near the Quirino Grandstand.

Aguilar thinks that switching the two structures would be beneficial. "Para si Rizal ay nakaharap sa atin at yung kalabaw po yung nakaharap sa malayo," he stated.

Aguilar's suggestion got mixed reactions. There were those who thought it was a ridiculous idea to destroy the Luneta's layout in order to "adjust" to the Torre de Manila.

Writer Lourd de Veyra weighed in on Aguilar's suggested switch in a Facebook post. He wrote, "An astonishingly Solomonic decision — pagpalitin ang puwesto ni Rizal at ng kalabaw. Wasakin na rin dapat ang Quirino Grandstand para wala na ring photobomber sa likod. And while we're at it, ilipat na lang din ang mga rebulto nina Bonifacio, Mabini, at iba pa para sama-sama na silang lahat na mga bayani."

Other people also offered their advice and insights.

Only time will tell if Aguilar's suggestion will be implemented. Perhaps, we can only hope that the Rizal Monument is left in peace.

 

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