All Filipino heroes honored in Corregidor rites

April 9, 2011 2:01 am 

By M. Antonio G. Ibarra

MANILA, April 8 — As part of the celebration of "Araw ng Kagitingan" on April 9, the Philippine Veterans Affairs Office (PVAO) launched on Thursday the "Tribute to All Filipino Heroes" who died "for love of freedom and liberty."

The tribute honored all Filipino heroes from Lapu-Lapu to the "Katipuneros" of the Philippine Revolution, the World II soldiers and guerrillas and even the participants of the 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution.

A wreath-laying ceremony was held for them on Corregidor Island, Cavite, the infamous bastion of Philippine defense during World War II where the Japanese forces war plan to conquer the whole of Asia and the Pacific was stalled.

The wreath-layers were led by Atty. Rafael E. Evangelista, national commander, Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor (DBC); Philippine Veterans Affairs Office (PVAO) Administrator Ernesto G. Carolina; Vice Admiral Ramon C. Liwag of the Philippine Coast Guard; Philippine Navy Rear Admiral Alexander P. Pama; Cavite Vice Governor Recto M. Cantimbuhan and representatives of the Philippine National Police, veterans and the youth.

The Marines Security and Escort Group from Fort Bonifacio acted as the honor guards and, adding solemnity to the affair, a three-gun salute was fired by the Marine Corps.

Evangelista, a non-soldier, was given the distinction of leading the veterans' group due to his distinguished lineage. His two grandfathers were veterans of the war, while his mother was a physician who gave her fearless service to the wounded soldiers during the war.

In his keynote address, Evangelista dealt partly with the issue on whether the late President Ferdinand Marcos would be buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

He said that after a thorough analysis, the DBC does not agree with the proposed burial of Marcos at the Libingan. (PNA) scs/ogi

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