Senators urge Filipinos never to forget sacrifices of veterans

Published April 8, 2018, 3:07 PM

by Francine Ciasico

By Hannah Torregoza

Senators today urged the Filipinos never to forget the sacrifices of veterans who valiantly fought for the country’s liberty.

The senators pause for a photo before the opening of the second regular session of the 17th Congress at the Senate yesterday. Seated, from left, are: Senators Cynthia Villar, Nancy Binay, Franklin Drilon, Ralph Recto, Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III, Vicente Sotto, Loren Legarda, Grace Poe, Risa Hontiveros, (standing) Richard Gordon, Miguel Zubiri, Panfilo Lacson, Gringo Honasan, Edgardo Angara Jr., JV Ejercito, Emmanuel Pacquiao, (third row) Joel Villanueva, Benigno ‘Bam’ Aquino, Francis Escudero, and Sherwin Gatchalian. (Ali Vicoy | Manila Bulletin)
The senators pause for a photo before the opening of the second regular session of the 17th Congress at the Senate yesterday. Seated, from left, are: Senators Cynthia Villar, Nancy Binay, Franklin Drilon, Ralph Recto, Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III, Vicente Sotto, Loren Legarda, Grace Poe, Risa Hontiveros, (standing) Richard Gordon, Miguel Zubiri, Panfilo Lacson, Gringo Honasan, Edgardo Angara Jr., JV Ejercito, Emmanuel Pacquiao, (third row) Joel Villanueva, Benigno ‘Bam’ Aquino, Francis Escudero, and Sherwin Gatchalian. (Ali Vicoy | Manila Bulletin)

In her message for the Day of Valor and Philippine Veterans’ Week, Sen. Grace Poe called on Filipinos to commemorate and salute the country’s veterans who “exemplified true patriotism and gallantry for our democracy.”

“Time and again, we have faced challenges and threats that displayed genuine courage of the Filipinos—the soldiers in Marawi City, the SAF 44, peacekeepers, crime fighters, ordinary civilians who guard their communities,” Poe said in her statement.

“And, there are those who are fighting not the enemies in the battlefield but hunger, poverty, homelessness, ignorance, greed, injustice,” she said.

Poe pointed out that “history calls upon use to live out the same courage and bravery of our forefathers by doing our duties as channels of peace, builders of society, movers of economy and generators of ideas.”

“Let us forever be grateful to the Filipino veterans for our hard-won liberties, and let us not waver in our resolve to continue what they started,” she said.

Sen. Joel Villanueva likewise stressed the need to “remember our valiant soldiers who lost their lives for our own.”

“Araw ng Kagitingan further reminds us to be brave and courageous amid the oppressors,” Villanueva said.

​​“Our veteran soldiers withstood hunger, thirst and fatigue to walk the Death March. This is a proof that the Filipino spirit does not falter in the face of struggle,” he added.

Villanueva was referring to the forcible transfer by the Imperial Japanese army of Filipino and American prisoners of war from Saysain Point in Bagac, Bataan to Camp O’Donnell in Capas Tarlac.

The infamous march was characterized by severe wanton killings attributed as a Japanese war crime.

“Let us not forget the sacrifices of our fellow Filipinos and make it as an inspiration for all of us,” he said.

 
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