IPINABABALIK ni BUHAY Party-list Rep. Lito Atienza, ang dating mayor ng Manila, ang nawawalng painting ni Botong Francisco sa Manila City Hall, ang lugar kung saan siya nararapat.
Aang mural na naglalarawan ng “Filipino Struggles through History” ay ipinagawa ni dating Mayor Antonio J Villegas para sa mga Manileño.
“We have traced the whereabouts of the Botong masterpiece, and it is in the hands of the National Museum, where it has been installed after restoration. We now ask the National Museum to immediately return this national treasure to its rightful place in the Bulwagang Antonio J. Villegas of the Manila City Hall. It has no place in the National Museum as it was commissioned by then-Mayor Antonio J. Villegas to inspire Manileños and immortalize Manila’s important role in the country’s history,” ani Atienza.
Nagpasalamat din si Atienza kay Mayor Isko Moreno na sumuporta sa kanilang pasya na maibalik ang mural sa Manila City Hall. of Manila.
“We thank Mayor Isko Moreno and appreciate his all-out support for our efforts to recover Manila’s priceless mural. We are appealing to the National Museum to immediately return what rightfully belongs to the people of Manila. Huwag ninyong angkinin ang hindi sa inyo. Nobility of intention does not justify an illegal act. Mayor Isko and I are both fully committed to pursue the intentions of the resolution we have filed calling for a congressional inquiry into this matter. The tarp copycat that was installed in place of the original is insulting to Manileños and we cannot allow this to continue,” git ni Atienza.
Ang obra maestra ni Botong Francisco ay hinirang bilang National Cultural Treasure noong 1996. Ayon sa mga eksperto sa sining, ito ang pinakadakila sa mga huling masterpiece ni Botong.
ni Gerry Baldo