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Two celebrations mark Balangiga Encounter Day

By Alice Nicart

Borongan, Eastern Samar (29 September) -- In what can be tagged as first ever to happen, the 109th Balangiga Encounter Day was celebrated in two separate venues: one in front of the Eugenio S. Daza monument fronting the Philippine National Police Headquarters (PNP) at Camp Asidillo, Alang-alang and the other at Balangiga town plaza.

The former was done in simple rights with the Daza heirs and the sons and daughters of World War II Veterans.

Speaking before a company of soldiers of the Philippine Army (PA), the PNP, students, teachers and government employees, Governor Conrado B. Nicart urged the Eastern Samarenos to be vigilant in the implementation of government infrastructure projects, unlike the American soldiers who were surprised at the sudden attack of Captain Valeriano Abanador and his civilian warriors that rendered the death of the foreign soldiers and several others wounded.

"We have heard about the $214M grant from the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) of the United States, and we are happy about it because that would rehabilitate the province's roads and bridges, but let us all be alert in the way concerned agencies would be disbursing this funds", the Governor said.

He added that the war against any foreign invader is over but the war against poverty and corruption is not yet.

"I hope that the byword, 'Farm-to-market funds usually becomes Farm-to-pocket' will be minimized if not eradicated during my time", he quipped.

Meanwhile, Vice Governor Sheen Gonzales concurred about Eastern Samar's graduation from Club-21 but it has to be sustained thru the partnership of government and people.

"I hope that the courage and heroism which Major Daza and Captain Abanador executed in Balangiga in 1901 will be emulated by us. We will not allow tyranny to happen anymore in our midst because this was the very message that our local heroes transmitted to us with their sacrifices; hence let us not allow poverty to dwell in us forever, let us all work hard together to lift up our fellow Estehanon", Gonzales concluded.

At the Balangiga plaza meanwhile, the program went a little later at shortly before 12 noon upon the arrival of guest of honor and speaker Congresswoman Lucy Marie Torres with husband Richard.

Speaking from the area where he was seated, Anchor Caloy Capito of Radyo ng Bayan- DYES, who took the live coverage described Lucy to be young and freshly looking lady. As expected, the lady legislator was swarmed with fans as Caloy continued to describe how Lucy appeared.

Before his introduction to Lucy, Congressman Ben Evardone mentioned that he is passing a bill for the US government to return the two bells which the Americans brought home as war booties; Lucy seconded Evardone's promise, in fact she said, she co-authored the bill. (PIA-Eastern Samar) [top]

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