MANILA(PNA) -- Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Ronald "Bato" Dela Rosa graced the 156th birth anniversary of Dr. Jose Rizal in Calamba, Laguna Monday.
The police official also led the 8 a.m. flag-raising ceremonies at the ancestral home of the Rizal clan in the above-mentioned town.
Dela Rosa laid a wreath at the statue of the young Rizal in the said premises.
Calamba Mayor Justin Chipeco said they decided to invite the PNP chief as they discovered that Dela Rosa is related by blood to some degree to the country's national hero.
Research on Rizal's family tree indicated that a certain Inez Dela Rosa was one of Rizal's relatives hailing from China.
The same woman is also a kin of the PNP chief, Chipeco added.
Rizal, the author of the Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo, was born on June 19, 1861 and was executed on Dec. 30, 1896 for the crime of rebellion during Spain's colonization of the Philippines.
The two novels inspired Filipino revolutionaries to rise against Spain.
Source: Philippines News Agency