“The freedom that we enjoy today were bought by the sweat, blood, and tears of Filipino heroes.” – M.Villar
However, as of President Duterte’s time , no one had ever been officially recognized as a Philippine National Hero. So, sa mga interested ma-shortlist, ito po ang mga qualifications according to the 1993 Technical Committee during former President Ramos:
Those who have a concept of nation and thereafter aspire and struggle for the nation’s freedom.
Those who define and contribute to a system or life of freedom and order for a nation. Heroes are those who make the nation’s constitution and laws.
Heroes are those who contribute to the quality of life and destiny of a nation.
Three more criteria were added in:
A hero is part of the people’s expression. But the process of a people’s internalization of a hero’s life and works takes time, with the youth forming a part of the internalization.
A hero thinks of the future, especially the future generations.
The choice of a hero involves not only the recounting of an episode or events in history, but of the entire process that made this particular person a hero.
The committee recommended nine Filipino historical figures to be national heroes: Jose Rizal, Andres Bonifacio, Emilio Aguinaldo, Apolinario Mabini, Marcelo del Pilar, Sultan Dipatuan Kudarat, Juan Luna, Melchor Aquino and Gabriela Silang.
However, no action has been taken on these recommendations since the submission of the report by the committee in 1995, so pwedi pa pong humabol.
Reference: philstarGlobal, Nolisoli, Rappler