MANILA–As the country prepares to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the “Araw ng Kagitingan” (also known as the Fall of Bataan) on April 9, Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana urged all soldiers in the field to continue performing their duties so that peace will reign in the country.
In line with this, he also appealed to the soldiery to continue upholding human rights.
“Let us continue doing our jobs. We still have a lot to do so that peace will reign in our land. There are a lot of groups trying to create trouble out there –the Abu Sayyaf, communist terrorists, and (illegal) drugs,” Lorenzana said at the sidelights of the ceremonies honoring World War II veterans Wednesday.
And to eliminate these threats once and for all, the DND chief urged the military to cooperate with the police, judiciary and civilian authorities so that these groups can be defeated once and for all.
The Fall of Bataan in April 9, 1942 was the largest surrender in American and Filipino military history which until now is still being jointly commemorated by nations.