President Aquino is set to lead the Independence Day rites in Sta. Barbara in Iloilo province today, June 12, 2015. This year’s commemoration of the proclamation of Philippines independence day is on its 117th anniversary.
Meanwhile, a group of Filipinos in the United States sees boycott of all “Made in China” as the “most meaningful way” to celebrate Independence Day. President Aquino called on Filipinos living and working overseas to contribute to creating positive change in the country.
Aquino appealed to overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) through an Independence Day message. “We call on you to exercise the rights and freedom borne from the toil of our ancestors and contribute toward shaping a more proactive and mature discourse,” Aquino said.
He also said that Filipinos overseas must “perpetuate positive change [in] the broader spectrum of society,” emphasizing their roles in releasing citizens “from the shackles of poverty, corruption and greed.”
“Together, let us weave our own voices of compassion and hope into a narrative of resilience and empowerment, and make tangible the legacy we are crafting: The Philippines we will all be proud to bequeath to coming generations,” Aquino said.
In another message to OFW’s posted on the website of the Department of Foreign Affairs on Thursday, Aquino said, “We are reminded that ours is a democracy earned through the valiant sacrifices of our predecessors and a relentless pursuit of peace, development and solidarity.”
The boycott of Chinese-made goods was to dispute Chinese bullying of the Philippines and their continued militarization of the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea), according to the US Pinoys for Good Governance (USPGG).
Filipinos based in the United States and other parts of the world is encourged to join mass actions against Beijing today. This plea is made by Loida Nicolas-Lewis, chair of the USPGG, and a faithful supporter of the Aquino administration.
Photo credit to Nonoy Taclino of Iloilo Today