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Bacolod City, Philippines Wednesday, June 13, 2018
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It was a day of protests, patriotism
BY MARK L. GARCIA

 

It was a day of raising the flag and placards of protests.

The celebration of Independence Day in Negros Occidental conveyed messages of patriotism and a call to strengthen foreign policies as local government units honor the heroes of freedom, while some protestors called for “genuine independence”.

During the flag raising ceremony at the Provincial Capitol Lagoon in Bacolod City yesterday morning, Negros Occidental Board Member Valentino Miguel Alonso emphasized the value of self-determination as he urged the Negrenses to remind the young generation that there is a continuing struggle for freedom until the present.

“Let us remind this generation that the fight for freedom of the Katipuneros is a continuing struggle that we are still fighting for,” Alonso said.

The event participated in by the Negros Occidental High School Faculty, Negros Occ. Police Provincial Office, Philippine Coast Guard, Department of Foreign Affairs, Bureau of Fire Protection, Boy Scouts of the Philippines, Girl Scouts of the Philippines, Department of Education, Civil Service Commission, Dept. of Interior and Local Government, Veterans Federation of the Philippines, Philippine Information Agency, and 303rd Brigade Philippine Army, among others.

Alonso said the Kalayaan 2018 theme “Pagbabagong ipinaglaban sa masaganang kinabukasan” is a fight for a better future, as he encouraged the modern heroes—teachers, uniformed men, public servants—to rekindle the spirit of patriotism that lived in our heroes 120 years ago.

Meanwhile, about a hundred protestors gathered in the Fountain of Justice at the Old Bacolod City hall at Araneta Street, who called for the government to create a concrete and genuine independent foreign policies to get away from the alleged United States and China control.

Meanwhile, Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) Negros Secretary-General Michael de la Concepcion said the country is not yet enjoying genuine freedom as the Philippines is still under the control of the US in political, economic, and cultural aspects.

De la Concepcion said the country’s leader is still a puppet of the US that has political influence on choosing our leaders, adding that it is also the Philippines’ biggest trading partner as most of its surplus products enter the county freely while local imports hardly enter their territory.

“There should be true freedom. Strengthen the foreign policies to stop those foreign invaders from owning more lands in the country,” he said.*MLG

 

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