Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos on Tuesday has urged the national government to use all legal remedies in protecting the sovereignty and independence of the Philippine Republic against the threat of a possible conqueror.
The Ilocos Senator issued the statement when he led the 114th anniversary celebration of Independence Day held in San Pedro Town Plaza in San Pedro, Laguna.
“Gamitin (natin) ang pinakamataas na antas ng diplomasya, legalidad at pagmamahal sa bayan upang makamit ang soberenya ng Republika ng Pilipinas,” he said.
In a speech, he told the residents of San Pedro in Laguna that the initiative to protect the sovereignty and independence of the country was already done by our national heroes, including his father, former President Ferdinand Marcos.
“Sa totoo po, hindi ang malalakas na armas ang susi upang mapanatili ang kalayaan kundi ang pagkakaisa – ang pagkakaisa ng bawat Filipino,” he said.
He also reminded them that a democratic institution should always be guided by the equality of every Filipino people as enshrined under our Constitution.
On the sovereignty and territorial dispute at the West Philippine Sea, Senator Marcos urged all Filipinos “not to forget and continue to remember our heroes, contributions in protecting the lives of the people, and our country as a whole.”
“Hindi natin dapat balewalain ang handog na kalayaang ito dahil pawis at dugo ang ibinuwis ng ating mga bayani. Kung hindi lumilipas ang interes ng ibang bansa sa ating teritoryo, dapat ay hindi rin kukupas ang pagmamahal at pag-ibig natin sa ating tinubuang lupa,” he added.
Senator Marcos had emphasized that the Filipino people should unite and be prepared to defend the Republic and the independence that our forefathers and heroes had given to the country.
“Buong tapang at panatilihin nating matatag ang ating Republika, nang sa gayon ay tingalain at kilalanin ito – bilang pinakamaginoo at pinaka-dakilang bansa sa ibabaw ng lupa,” he continued.
He also said that heroes like Jose P. Rizal, and Laguna soldier Capt. Abelardo “Remo” Remoquilo, and former President Marcos are the people who showed defiance and defended the country’s territorial claim.
Senator Marcos had recalled that during the term of former President Marcos, his father fought for the Philippine sovereignty on Sabah, North Borneo, and he was the one who declared that the islands along West Philippine Sea was under the Philippine territory.
He also cited that under the Land Tenancy Act of former President Ramon Magsaysay, the farmers of San Pedro in Laguna has been freed from the hands of abusive profiteers and land owners (hacienderos).
The agrarian law has been tightened and fortified when former President Marcos signed the Land Reform Law in 1972.
“Ang kalayaan ay dapat na may katumbas na katiwasayan ng buhay dahil higit na masarap tikman ang kasarinlan kung hindi kumakalam ang sikmura,” he said.
In addition to this, Senator Marcos hailed the bravery of Capt. Abelardo “Remo” Remoquilo, a soldier from Laguna, who led and gave his life to free the town of San Pedro from the control of Japanese Imperial forces.
Aside from the historic events occurred in the province of Laguna, Senator Marcos also lauded the Filipino and American soldiers who became prisoners of war who were subsequently brutally murdered by their captors in the historic death march started from Corregidor Island in Bataan up to Capaz town in Tarlac.