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Imee Marcos: We must unite for our country’s prosperity

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Senator Maria Imelda Josefa “Imee” Marcos happily shows to the Bulakenyos the certificate of appreciation given to her by Governor Daniel R. Fernando during the commemoration of the 121st Anniversary of the Malolos Congress held at the Barasoain Church, City of Malolos, Bulacan Sept. 15, 2019. Also in the photo are (from left) Bulacan Police Provincial Office Provincial Director Col. Chito Bersaluna, Liga ng mga Bayan sa Pilipinas-Bulacan President and Guiguinto Mayor Ambrosio Cruz, Jr., Vice Governor Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado, National Historical Commission of the Philippines Chairman Rene Escalante and City of Malolos Mayor Gilbert Gatchalian. (Photo by Jason Estrada)

CITY OF MALOLOS, Bulacan — Senator Maria Imelda Josefa “Imee” Marcos called on Filipinos Sunday to unite in order to achieve national development.

Senator Maria Imelda Josefa “Imee” Marcos leads the wreath-laying ceremony in front of Emilio Aguinaldo monument at Barasoain Chuch during the commemoration of the 121st anniversary of the Malolos Congress in the City of Malolos, Bulacan Sunday (Sept. 15, 2019). Also in photo are (from left) provincial police director Col. Chito Bersaluna, Gov. Daniel Fernando, Board Member Jong Ople, Malolos City Mayor Gilbert Gatchalian, and National Historical Commission of the Philippines chairman Rene Escalante. (Photo by Jason Estrada)

Marcos, who served as guest of honor during the commemoration of the 121st anniversary of the Malolos Congress held at the historic Barasoain Church in this city, said similar to the 100-percent support given by the members of the Malolos Congress to the ratification of the first Constitution, Filipinos must have broader and deeper ties to realize national development efforts.

“It is not our responsibility to achieve immediate success but it is our duty to fight for our beloved country and for our Filipino people. We must unite for our country’s prosperity,” the lady senator said.

She said Bulakenyos should be proud for the pro

vince for being the “cradle of the great history” of the country.

“Right here in Barasoain held the first national convention to draft the Constitution, our first Constitution that sought freedom for our country. It is also here in Malolos that the Declaration of Independence is being ratified. So, we enjoy our freedom now,” Marcos said.

Meanwhile, Governor Daniel Fernando encouraged thousands of Bulakenyos in attendance despite the pouring rain to value the freedom that they are enjoying, and not use it to step on other people’s rights.

“Let’s not forget the true meaning of freedom. This is the legacy of the first Congress and it is also the kind of community we want to achieve in the province of Bulacan in our modern-day, the same community our ancestors dreamed of,” the governor said.

Marcos, together with Fernando, Vice Governor Wilhelmino Sy-Alvarado, and National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) chairman Rene Escalante, led the wreath-laying ceremony at the monument of President Emilio Aguinaldo in front of the Barasoain Church.

Also present during the event were City of Malolos Mayor Gilbert Gatchalian, Liga ng mga Bayan sa Pilipinas-Bulacan president; and Guiguinto Mayor Ambrosio Cruz, Jr., Norzagaray Mayor Alfredo Germar, Philippine National Police Region 3 Director Col. Joel Napoleon Coronel, and members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan ng Bulacan.

The Malolos Congress, also known as the “National Assembly” of representatives, was the constituent assembly of the First Philippine Republic. It was convened at the Barasoain Church on September 15, 1898, where the Malolos Constitution was drafted. With a report from Jason B. Estrada (RONDA Balita Online News)

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Emmanuel "Manny" Dineros Balbin, an editor-in-chief of RONDA Balita, Lingguhang Pahayagan ng Masang Intelihente, and RONDA Balita Online News was a former seminarian of Oblates of Mary Immaculate (OMI) in Notre Dame University Seminary in Cotabato City. Graduated Philosophy as major course, Political Science as minor, at the University of Santo Tomas, Legaspi City but landed and became a journalist. A former Journal Group of Publication (People's Journal, Peoples Tonight, Taliba & Women's Journal) staffer for 17 years. Before he was simultaneously contributed news articles to 3 local newspaper in Bulacan (NewsCore, MetroNews & NewsWatcher). A former Journal Group Bulacan correspondent, Kabayan provincial reporter, 2010 Bulacan election correspondent by Rappler and presently, a stringer of Philippine News Agency (PNA) Bulacan.

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