PHILIPPINE National Police chief, Director General Oscar D. Albayalde yesterday led the 190,000-strong force in honoring Filipino and allied veterans who saw action against invading Japanese forces in World War 2 during the memorial observance of Araw ng Kagitingan.
The PNP paid tribute to the gallantry and heroism of Filipino soldiers and guerillas who fought side-by-side with American allies to free the Philippines from Japanese occupation.
“The undying gallantry of the Filipino heroes of Bataan and Corregidor lives on in the ranks of the police service, immortalized by modern day heroes who offered the supreme sacrifice for God, country and people; and those who continue to wage the national crusade against crime, drugs, terrorism and corruption,” Gen. Albayalde said.
Executive Order No. 203, Series of 1987, declared April 9th of each year as National Day of Valor or Araw ng Kagitingan, while Presidential Proclamation No. 466,s 1989 declared April 5-11 as Philippine Veterans Week.
Yesterday’s Araw ng Kagitingan theme is “Sakripisyo ng Beterano ay Gunitain, Gawing Tanglaw ng Kabataan Tungo sa Kaunlaran”.
“We commemorate this momentous event to mark and remember the heroism of our Filipino war veterans coinciding with different meaningful activities in participation of all government agencies, including the PNP, representing the law enforcement sector,” the PNP chief said.
Philippine Veterans Week on April 5 to 11 will be commemorated with simultaneous flag raising and wreath-laying ceremonies in PNP camps and war memorial shrines in various locations nationwide.
Different police units and offices have laid out security coverage, traffic management, and other related public safety services to secure venues and event areas of the Araw ng Kagitingan ceremonies, said PNP spokesman, Colonel Bernard M. Banac.