Magdalo Partylist Representative Gary C. Alejano slammed President Rodrigo Duterte for flying to China to attend Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) instead of celebrating the Araw ng Kagitingan in Bataan.
“Habang ang mensahe ni Duterte para sa Araw ng Kagitingan ay ipagtanggol ang soberanya ng Pilipinas, siya namang pagpapaliban nito ng selebrasyon sa Bataan at paglipad patungong China,” Alejano said.
“Hindi lamang nakakadismaya kundi nakakabastos din sa mga beteranong nakipaglaban para sa bayan at sa kalayaang tinatamasa natin ngayon. Imbes na kapwa Pilipino ang unahin, ayun at nagmamadali pang tumungo sa mga iniidolo niyang Chinese,” he added.
President Duterte said in his Araw ng Kagitingan message that “it is thus disquieting that our commemoration of this historic occasion comes at a time when the very freedoms that the heroes of Bataan fought for are once again imperiled. Forces who wish to see a weak and submissive Philippines continue in their unbridled disrespect for the institutions and laws that embody our aspirations as a people.”
“We owe it to our forefathers to demonstrate the same courage and valor that sustained their gallant stand more than seven decades ago,” he said. “Let the spirit of Bataan inspire us to resist any affront to our dignity and inviolable rights as a free, sovereign and independent nation.”
BFA is committed to facilitating economic integration and common development in the Asia-Pacific Region.
Conceptualized in 1998 by former President Fidel Ramos, former Japanese Prime Minister Morihiro Hosokawa and former Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke, the forum was launched on February 27, 2001 with 26 participating countries. It has since grown to 29 participating countries.
Sources: https://www.facebook.com/Rep.AlejanoMagdalo/posts/1500140763445224; https://pcoo.gov.ph/news_releases/president-rodrigo-roa-dutertes-message-during-the-day-of-valor/; https://pcoo.gov.ph/news_releases/president-duterte-arrives-in-china-to-attend-boao-forum-for-asia/