- The general director of the Mexican Institute of Social Security, Zoé Robledo, was the main speaker on behalf of the President of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, at the Commemorative Act of the CCLXIX Anniversary of the Birth of Don Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla.
- He indicated that Hidalgo’s legacy has accompanied us in the most difficult moment: the Covid-19 pandemic.
The general director of the Mexican Institute of Social Security (IMSS), Zoé Robledo, at the Commemorative Act of the CCLXIX Anniversary of the Birth of Don Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, on behalf of the President of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, as the main speaker, affirmed that the Father of the Nation and his proclamation of justice today inspire the Fourth Transformation.
From the Art and Culture Information Center (CIAC) of the Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo in Morelia, Michoacán, Master Zoé Robledo pointed out that the legacy of the priest Hidalgo has also accompanied us in the most difficult moment we have experienced in this century. : the COVID-19 pandemic.
As the main speaker at the commemorative event, Zoé Robledo stated that currently is the best time and place to record a recent episode; In May 2020, coronavirus infections were on the rise and life in hospitals had become a daily battle, health personnel were completely dedicated to their great mission: saving lives.
He stressed that this dedication, vocation and patriotism should be recognized, for which the president instructed the Health Cabinet to carry out an official recognition for the heroes and heroines of the pandemic.
“And he had an inspiration: to shine again the highest distinction awarded by the Mexican State, the Miguel Hidalgo Award, established on May 8, 1968 to reward heroic acts that are difficult to repeat, eminent merits and important services to the country and humanity,” he added.
The general director of Social Security explained that the Miguel Hidalgo Award was given to the most outstanding Mexican men and women who were in the front line of care, to those patriots who put their lives at risk to save the lives of others, “also in the pandemic, when it was needed, we went to Hidalgo.”
Zoé Robledo stressed that the humanism that characterized the Father of the Nation allowed him to face death with poise, tranquility and peace of mind. “Hidalgo would not be judged by men, history would judge him.”
He pointed out that despite the insults, there were also those who sided with him and followed him and were inspired by his actions with the certainty that Hidalgo had been faithful to his principles and values, that he had done what was right and necessary for the good. of the town to which it was owed.
The general director of the IMSS remarked that Hidalgo knew the legacy of Vasco de Quiroga, and how he opposed the power to care for the poorest, cure the sick, bury the dead, and help those who needed it most; he did it before the oppressive practices of the Church, the Viceroy and the Crown.
He stressed that Hidalgo abolished slavery, opened the way to Independence, was the teacher of Benito Juárez and the nerve of the Mexican Revolution, of the construction of a more just and prosperous society, and inspired the agrarianism and land distribution of Lázaro Cárdenas .
“And in a scream his life changed and a whole town heard it. Dr. Ignacio Chávez dissects that moment of transformation: the priest becomes a soldier; the teacher, leader and the shepherd becomes a hero. Six months were enough to pick it up and drop it, ”he stressed.
He recalled that Dr. Ignacio Chávez, former rector of the Universidad Michoacana, made a diagnosis of Hidalgo who was a great liberal and friend of other liberals, taught philosophy and grammar while advancing in priestly orders. “His great capacity, his great commitment, his great honesty brought him to this venue as Treasurer, as Vice Rector, as Rector and since then he was already critical and reformist.”
Zoé Robledo said that the broad culture and knowledge allowed the Father of the Nation to understand his time and become the synthesis of the conscience of the people and of his time; one that fought against oppression, privilege, slavery, domination over freedom. He fought because he understood that the people could not wait.
“He fought to teach us that reality can be transformed for the better, and for everyone. He understood and committed himself to a still unfinished cause, that historical indigenism will unite the peoples of America”, she emphasized.
Initially, the honors to the Mexican Flag were carried out to later give way to the intonation of the National Anthem and immediately afterwards the patriotic lábaro was said goodbye by the military band of the Michoacan University, where it was attended by authorities of the three Powers of the Nation.
Attending as guests of honor were Alfredo Ramírez Bedolla, Governor of Michoacán; Raúl Cárdenas Navarro, rector of the Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo; Alfonso Martínez Alcázar, municipal president of Morelia; Yarabí Ávila González, Secretary of Education of Michoacán; Miguel Ángeles Hernández, regent of the Primitive and National College of San Nicolás de Hidalgo; and the teacher Jorge Luis Ávila Rojas, general secretary of the Teachers’ Union of the Michoacan University; Elías Ibarra Torres, Secretary of State Health, and Luis Rodea Pimente, IMSS representative in Michoacán, among others.
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