June 2012

114th Philippine Independence Celebration

Join the Filipinos, here and abroad, in celebrating the Philippines 114th Independence Day today. This year’s commemoration of the nation’s freedom from Spanish rule will be celebrated in different historic sites: Barasoain Church in Malolos, Bulacan; Rizal National Monument at Luneta in Manila; Emilio Aguinaldo Shrine in Kawit, Cavite; Bonifacio National Monument in Caloocan City; and Pamintuan mansion in Angeles City.

The President will lead the celebration in Malolos, while Vice President Jejomar Binday will lead the rites in Luneta, Transportation Secretary Manuel Roxas in Kawit, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima in Caloocan City, and Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez Jr. in Angeles City.

This year’s celebration is headed by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP), which has the theme “Kalayaan: Pananagutan ng Bayan para sa Tuwid na Daan.” The new sites for this year’s celebration were all hand-picked for their significance in attaining the country’s freedom 114 years ago. Malolos city, the center of the celebration is the renowned “cradle of the first republic in Asia”, while Angeles city is where the first commemoration of Philippine Independence from Spain was held. The NHCP chair is Dr. Maria Serena Diokno.


The VP on Saturday

“Imagine he commanded the police force to take off all posted welcome streamers, and even warned market vendors not to mingle with me. He should have given me due respect as the second highest elected official of the country even if we are not in one party in politics.” This was Vice President Jejomar Binay’s protest against Roxas City’s Mayor, Allan Celino. VP Binay was in Capiz to discuss housing projects for both the government employees and the poor with the city mayor. The mayor refused to give Binay such opportunity.

Through all this, Binay vowed to return to the city to deliver his mission. “I have that responsibility. I was elected to serve the people. I have the support of the administration,” the Vice President added.

It should be remembered that Roxas City is the bailiwick of former Senator Manuel Roxas, who ran against Binay in the 2010 elections and lost. Roxas, known as the President’s bestfriend and closest ally is now the newly appointed Transportation Secretary.