‘Kailian March’ honors WWII soldiers

SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union — Marcos supporters journeying towards the Supreme Court (SC) in the Kailian March paid their respects to all soldiers of the Second World War through a mass held at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in this city on Saturday.

The Tomb was built as a marker honoring the soldiers and guerillas who fought against the Japanese Imperial Army, particularly dedicated to the fallen whose remains were never found or identified.

Mariano R. Marcos, father of Former President Ferdinand E. Marcos (FEM), was one such soldier, as his body was never found but was said to have been lost in La Union.

More than 300 Kailian March participants and locals of the area crowded around the Tomb, situated at the junction on Pennsylvania Avenue leading to Poro Point.

Among the crowd were numerous former members of the Kabataang Barangay (KB), a youth government body established during the Marcos presidency through Presidential Decree 684, which organized 42,000 barangay units throughout the country. It aimed to establish and define the role of the youth in community affairs and other governmental operations.

Many of the youth attending the program and mass were also clad in white shirts bearing the KB logo.

According to Cris Lindo of Agusan del Norte, KB nurtured individuals who “belonged to the young sector of society noong una, at naging mga lider na ngayon. May mga naging mayor, may nagingpublic officials, leading the community… dahil sa kanya (FEM).”

Lindo was a former KB president at the provincial level and was a primary organizer in his area of last month’s simultaneous and nationwide celebration of what would have been Marcos’ 99thbirthday.

After the program at the Tomb, the Kailian March began traveling towards Pangasinan province.

The convoy is so far composed of thousands of Marcos supporters who will make their way towards the Supreme Court (SC) in Metro Manila. Kicked off in Ilocos Norte, more have been joining the caravan in each location, which included Vigan City in Ilocos Sur.

Included in the route are the provinces of Tarlac, Pampanga, and Bulacan.

The supporters will hold one last unity rally in front of the SC on October 17, a day before the expected release of the final decision resolving a petition to stop Marcos burial at the LNMB. PNA-northboundasia.com