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Drilon: "Our people will not be denied"
By: PPAO
Sunday, 15 September 2013
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SENATE PREXY LEADS WREATH LAYING CEREMONY IN BULACAN. Senate President Franklin M. Drilon leads the wreath-laying ceremony yesterday, September 15, 2013 at the statute of Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo, first president of the Philippines at the historical Barasoain Church in the City of Malolos, Bulacan as part of the celebration of the 115th Anniversary of the Malolos Congress. Also in the photo are (L-R) Deputy Regional Director for Operations PS. Supt. Manuel Gaerlan, Executive Director of National Historical Commission of the Philippines Mr. Ludovico D. Badoy; Bulacan Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado , Vice Gov. Daniel Fernando and Malolos City Mayor Christian Natividad. View Larger Image.
CITY OF MALOLOS – Amidst the controversy in Congress, Hon. Franklin Drilon, Senate President of the Republic of the Philippines said that the commemoration of the 115th anniversary of Malolos Congress is a good venue to remind everyone that people's clamour for accountability will not be denied and those Filipino heroes’ sacrifices will not be forgotten.

“Matapos ang mahaba at masalimuot na pakikipaglaban, naibigay sa ating mga Pilipino ang pagkakataong pamunuan ang ating sariling bayan. Utang natin ang ating kalayaan sa ating mga ninuno at kalakip ng kalayaang ito ay ang tungkulin na patuloy itong alagaan,” Drilon said before commenting on the alleged anomaly in Congress today.

The senate president said that because of the pork barrel scam, rage is felt in every Filipino’s hearts not only to those who are involved in the issue but also to the whole Congress itself.

“I see the crises today as an opportunity for us to strengthen Congress as an institution of democracy. Tiwala po akong malalampasan ng Kongreso at Senado ang krisis na ito. Ang inyong Kongreso ay mananatiling matatag na instituyon,” Drilon said.

Drilon also said that although Congress is currently facing a crisis, they are still fulfilling their duties for the public. Some of these are the passing of bill postponing the incoming Sangguniang Kabataan elections for reformation; discussion on the Freedom of Information bill, a proposed bill that will strengthen the country’s democracy; and the approval of 2014 budget that will give additional jobs, free education, housing projects and more comprehensive coverage of PhilHealth and 4 Ps program.

Meanwhile, Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado said that up to present, the Malolos Congress is still bestowing its time and knowledge for the people.

“Sa pamamagitan ng sariling sikap naiwaksi ng mga Pilipino ang maitim na ulap sa loob ng mahigit 300 taon at ngayon patuloy itong magiging batis ng masaganang henerasyon ng mga Bulakenyo,” Alvarado said.

Further, the senate president encouraged Bulakenyos to continue rekindling the love for the country by remembering significant events in the history.

“Hayaan po nating patuloy na akayin tayo ng Kongreso ng Malolos tungo sa nasyonalismo at pagpupunyagi para sa demokrasya. Hayaan po nating manatili ito sa ating mga puso,” Drilon ended. ###

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