Governor Arthur Defensor, Sr. graced the celebration of the 118th Cry of Sta. Barbara in Sta. Barbara, Iloilo on Thursday, November 17, 2016. The historic day marks the establishment of the Revolutionary Government of the Visayas led by Gen. Martin Delgado. It was also the time when the Philippine flag was raised for the first time outside of Luzon.
In his speech before the audience composed of government employees, barangay officials and military men, Defensor called on the people to do everything to give meaning and substance to the freedom that we attained due to the heroism of Gen. Martin Delgado and other Ilonggo revolutionaries. Defensor said that the present generation must work together to obtain real freedom and independence.
“We cannot really enjoy real freedom and independence unless and until we come up with a solution that will see for us real and meaningful independence and real, meaningful and lasting peace,” Defensor stressed.
The governor cited the prevailing problems on communist insurgency, Muslim rebellion, territorial dispute with China, poverty and graft and corruption.
“Independence and freedom is meaningless unless and until we enjoy the real benefits that comes out of our freedom and independence,” Defensor said.
The governor also added: “Let the heroism of Gen. Martin Delgado be a reminder to us all that independence and freedom means much more than that.” Prior to the program, a the biggest flag outside Luzon was raised by Gov. Defensor, Sta. Barbara Mayor Dennis Superficial, 301st Infantry Brigade commander Brig. Gen. Eric Uchida and other officials
Gov. Defensor and Brig. Gen. Uchida also laid a wreath on the monument of Gen. Martin Delgado followed by a ceremonial 21-gun salute. Josephine Leysa, head of executive assistants, of Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Sec. Ismael Sueno represented the latter who traces his roots in Sta. Barbara.
“Let the heroism of Gen. Martin Delgado be a reminder to us all that independence and freedom means much more than that,” says Gov. Arthur Defensor, Sr. during the 118th anniversary of the Cry of Sta. Barbara on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016.