The life and heroism of Dr. Jose Rizal remains a symbol of freedom and an inspiration for protecting the nation’s sovereignty. Defense Secretary Gilberto Teodoro stressed this in his message during the 127th anniversary of the martyrdom of Dr. Rizal at the Rizal monument at Burnham Park in Baguio City on December 30.

“Nawa’y manatiling simbolo ng ating kalayaan, ng ating bansa si Gat Jose Rizal. Ang kanyang kamatayan o sa ating paggunita ng kanyang kabayanihan ay nagsisilbing tanglaw natin sa pagganap ng ating mga tungkulin na maprotektahan at mapangalagaan ang soberanya ng ating minamahal na Pilipinas. Nawa’y magsilbing gabay ang mga sakripisyo ni Gat Jose Rizal sa pangangalaga ng ating Inang Bayan sa anumang aspeto,[May Gat Jose Rizal remains a symbol of our freedom, of our country.

His death or celebrating his heroism serves as our guiding light in our duty to protect and secure the national sovereignty of our beloved Philippines. May the sacrifices of Gat Jose Rizal serve as our guiding post in protecting our Motherland in whatever aspect]” Teodoro said in his message which was read for him by Defense Undersecretary Pablo Lorenzo. Honor guards from the Philippine Military Academy kicked off the ceremony with the raising of the Philippine flag and the singing of the national anthem.

City officials led by Mayor Benjamin Magalong, and Vice Mayor Faustino Olowan, with Lorenzo and Congressman Mark Go led the laying of flowers at the Rizal shrine. Other groups, including
the Filipino war veterans, the Police Regional Office Cordillera and Baguio City Police Office, the Joint Task Group Baguio, the Kapatirang Rizalista, Baguio Masonic Lodge, and the Barangay Rizal
Monument, also laid flowers during the ceremony.

The traditional sounding of the four ruffles, the 21- gun salute, the playing of taps, and the presentation of completion honors were also performed by the PMA. Delegates from Goyang
City, South Korea, led by Kim Young Sik, also participated in the 127th Rizal Day commemoration in Baguio City.


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