The President was joined by Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, NHCP Chairman Maria Serena Diokno and Taguig City Mayor Maria Laarni Cayetano during the commemoration rites for the country's national heroes.
"We thank and admire Janela [for her deed] and we hope that your classmates and all the other young people in the country will follow your wonderful example of giving tribute to our national flag," said NHCP president Dr. Maria Serena Diokno in Filipino at the ceremony on Thursday.
Among those are messages from President Benigno Aquino III, Archbishop Giuseppe Pinto (the Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines), Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma, Fr. Alejandro Moral Anton (the prior general of the Order of St. Augustine), Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines president Archbishop Socrates Villegas, Cebu Governor Hilario Davide III, Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama, National Commission for Culture and the Arts chairman Felipe De Leon Jr., and National Historical Commission chairperson Maria Serena Diokno.
Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas, Dr Maria Serena Diokno, head of the National Historical Commission, Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim, Department of National Defence Secretary Voltaire Gazmin and Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto del Rosario accompanied Aquino.
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