Benguet town mayor wishes for peace in Marawi City

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet — In celebration of the 119th Independence day today, June 12, Mayor Romeo Salda said that he wished for peace and order in Marawi City and expressed hope it will finally regain its freedom from the Maute terrorist group.

He said he is happy that the country is now celebrating its 119th year of independence and prayed that this will last for the next generation to enjoy.

“We are lucky that here in our municipality we can enjoy today’s celebration of independence. We are not only free from the colonizers but we are also free from terrorist attack like what is happening in Marawi City. But I wish that the crisis in Marawi City will end so that our fellow Filipinos living there will enjoy their independence,” he added.

One of the most significant dates in the Philippines’ history is June 12, 1898, when the country attained independence from 300 years of Spanish rule. Philippine independence was formally proclaimed on June 12, 1898 with the reading of the Proclamation of Independence in Kawit, Cavite. The Proclamation was prepared and read by Ambriosio Rianzares Bautista and was signed by 98 delegates, including General Emilio Aguinaldo.

Mayor Salda also wished for the country to be free from poverty, corruption and criminality. “I wished that our country will also gain its independence from this (terroristic) event so that we can fast-track our progress,” he said.

Salda further said that officials of La Trinidad, Benguet are doing their best to serve the entire municipality in order for the town to gain its own independence from poverty, criminality and corruption.

The 119th Philippine independence day celebration was held at the municipal grounds attended by all government employees and officials, representatives from the private sector and religious leaders who prayed for the town and the country as a whole.

This year’s theme for the independence day celebration is “Kalayaan 2017: Pagbabagong Sama-Samang Balikatin.” Dionisio Dennis Jr./