The Philippines Honors Troops Who Gave Their Lives in Marawi City on Independence Day
Today is June 12th, the Philippines’ Independence Day.
As reported by ABS-CBN, at exactly 12 noon today the Philippines saluted the brave men and women fighting for the country’s freedom by featuring this tribute video.
The video showed the names and faces of soldiers and policemen who died defending the peopleand the city of Marawi against the siege of the ISIS aligned Maute and Abu Sayyaf groups.
Fifty eight members of government forces (both police and military) have been killed in the fight to retake Marawi City from the terrorists currently besieging the city.
Filipinos honor the heroism of those who fought for the liberation of our country and continue to do so for those who are still fighting for it in Mindanao.
Watch the moving tribute video from Malacanang and the AFP here:
Independence Day commemorates the Philippine Declaration of Independence from Spain on June 12, 1898.
The earliest record of this historic day was on April 12, 1895, when Andres Bonifacio, Emilio Jacinto, Restituto Javier, Guillermo Masangkay, Aurelio Tolentino, Faustino Manalak, Pedro Zabala and other katipuneros went to Pamitinan Cave in Montalban, Rizal to initiate new members of the Katipunan.
On May 12, 1962, President Diosdado Macapagal issued Presidential Proclamation No. 28, which declared June 12 a special public holiday throughout the Philippines.
For 119 years, the Philippines has declared itself a free and independent nation.
Meanwhile, as the battle rages on in Marawi, police officers affixed numerous Philippine flags all over Marawi City on the eve of Independence Day.
Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) policemen said they hope the flags will continue to motivate and inspire their comrades to fight on.
“Para sa Araw ng Kalayaan at pampalakas loob sa tropa. Mapupuno ang Marawi ng bandila natin,” a police officer said.
We Filipinos must stand united against the face of extremism.
We at COOLIMATIC-BLOG salute those who’ve given their lives for the Philippines’ freedom.
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