Different government agencies, non-government organizations, city and barangay officials and different schools joined the 119th Independence Day civic-military parade yesterday in Bacolod City.* ( Andy Alvarez photo )
The deputy director general of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority called on Bacoleños to sacrifice for the country to preserve its independence, while local officials called for unity to make Bacolod City move forward and urged everyone to work together for its betterment.
Diosdado Padilla,who represented TESDA director general Guiling Mamondiong, yesterday said, “Service for our country is a sacrifice. Our country is for our children, and as parents, we are ready to die for them, so no one will take away our land from our children.”
“We should be thankful to God that we are given the opportunity to return to the same place every year to celebrate Independence Day because everyone is aware of what is happening in Mindanao with the entry of ISIS, which we know is a threat to our country,” he said.
JV welcomes American help
BY CARLA GOMEZ
Senator Joseph Victor Ejercito yesterday said any help to quell the ISIS terrorists' uprising in Marawi, especially from the Americans, is welcome.
Ejercito, who was in Silay City for its 60th Charter anniversary, said “We have to be honest that the Americans have better equipment and technology than us”.
“This is not a simple situation, these terrorists are supported by the international ISIS organization, as evidenced by a number of Indonesians, Malaysians, Saudi Arabian nationals involved in the Marawi takeover,” he said.
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Independence Day messages
focus on anti-terrorism, drugs
BY JUANCHO GALLARDE
Speakers during the 119 th Independence Day celebration in Negros Oriental yesterday sounded off calls for peace, with their messages focusing on terrorism, the war on illegal drugs and the Marawi siege.
Negros Oriental Governor Roel Degamo led the celebration with Secretary Judy Taguiwalo of the Department of Social Welfare and Development as guest of honor and speaker.
The celebration, spearheaded by the provincial government of Negros Oriental, reeled off at 7 a.m. at the Ninoy Aquino Freedom Park with a flag-raising ceremony, followed by the laying of wreaths at the bust of the late Senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino, a 21-gun salute by the Philippine Army soldiers, and the playing of “Taps”. .