City remembers Abad Santos in Lanao-A A +A
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The City Government of San Fernando recently sent a delegation to Lanao del Sur to lay wreaths in commemoration of the 70th death anniversary of martyr Chief Justice Jose Abad Santos.
City Administrator Ferdinand Caylao told Sun.Star Pampanga Tuesday that the contingent was led by Lanao Muslim Traders Association president Macaslang Bitiarra and the city’s Muslim coordinator Kaiser Manguranda.
“Though Congress acknowledges May 7 as the day of our Kapampangan hero’s death, research shows it’s May 2. Nonetheless, the city sent a delegation to Malabang, Lanao Del Sur to commemorate the death anniversary of Chief Justice Jose Abad Santos,” Caylao said.
It was the same group, along with Caylao and other Muslims in the area, who helped track down and identify the exact assassination place of Abad Santos under Japanese captors during World War II, when the Kapampangan hero refused to give in to the wishes of the invaders.
The agreement to put up a monument and marker for Abad Santos was forged with the Philippine Army and local officials in Malabang for the construction of a monument upon the insistence of Mayor Oscar Rodriguez. (Jovi T. De Leon)
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on May 09, 2012.