By Mar T. Supnad
President Rodrigo Duterte will lead the celebration of the 75th Araw ng Kagitingan on Sunday, April 9 atop of the historic Mt. Samat in Bataan — where thousands of people and relatives of the World War II veterans are expected to attend.
The president, together with various foreign dignitaries from America and Japan, will be welcomed by Gov. Abet Garcia and the people of Bataan.
Gov. Garcia and the local leaders in the province have prepared various programs such as parades of floats and Freedom Trail to honor the celebration.
Usually called the “Fall of Bataan,” the Araw ng Kagitingan is a national holiday being celebrated by the country to honor and commemorate the heroism, valor and bravery of the US and Filipino soldiers during the World War II.
It was in Bataan, particularly in Mt. Samat, where a fierce gunbattle ensued between the Japanese forces and allied forces.
The province of Bataan has lined up various entertainment programs and activities to titillate the public.
Sr. Supt Benjamin Silo, Jr., Bataan police director, assured the security of the participants and celebrators, although implementation of security is quite stricter to ensure the public’a protection.
“The Ambassador of Japan and the Deputy Ambassador of America and their delegates are coming,” said Silo.