Thursday, 14 June 2012 11:29
The city government of Zamboanga led by Mayor Celso Lobregat and Congressman Erbie Fabian awarded plaque of recognition to five World War II veterans during fitting celebration of the 114th Independence Day (June 12, 2012) at the Rizal Monument fronting City Hall.
Fabian commended Lobregat for taking cognizance of the efforts and sacrifices of the war veterans in their fight against oppression to set the Filipinos free from bondage.
The congressman said it was the personal sacrifices of the veterans in shedding their blood to protect the people that led to the Philippine independence in 1898.
Councilor Luis Biel III also thanked the mayor for recognizing the five veterans one of whom is his 88-year old father Luis Biel Sr.
The alderman said it was a great honor the city government bestowed the war heroes. “My father was one of those who fought hard to gain our liberty as an independent nation.”
Lobregat, on the other hand, expressed elation despite the bad weather a multitude of people joined the city government in the celebration.
The mayor thanked the military, police, teachers, government enforcers, employees and other participants for their presence in the affair.
He said the world war veterans fought with fervor and patriotism to save the country from oppression.
Aside from Biel Sr. the other veterans who received plaques of recognition were Sergio Dalguntas, Medardo Jamiro, Federico Braulio and Bonifacio Cagawan.
by: Nonong Santiago
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