(PALO, Leyte) President Benigno S. Aquino III on Monday
paid tribute to the country’s forefathers who fought and
died during the liberation of the Philippines from Japanese
In his speech during the commemoration of the
70th anniversary of the Leyte Gulf Landing here, President
Aquino said the occasion was also an opportunity to
“recognize the goodwill we now extend to those who were once
“Beyond cataloguing the horrors of
war, let us honor the peace that has reigned among our
nations for close to 70 years. Let us renew our commitment
to the strong and enduring friendships between the
Philippines and its wartime allies, and perhaps most
meaningfully, the countries that were once its foes,” he
President Aquino said countries that were
enemies during World War II have united as friends to help
the Filipino people recover from the devastation caused by
Typhoon Yolanda in November last year.
these friendships, we saw, just last year, vessels bearing
the proud names of those that had fought at Leyte Gulf, once
more journeying to the Philippines: Ise from Japan,
Washington and Denver from America,” he said.
recalled that 70 years ago, ships with these names engaged
in battle, seeking to eliminate the threat of the other.
However, in November last year, they came here as
partners to demonstrate their unity with the Filipino people
at a time of tragedy, the President said.
(full story: 10.20.14)