Philippine Army chief Lieutenant General Andres C. Centino
PALO, Leyte — Philippine Army chief Lieutenant General Andres C. Centino is set to lead the commemoration rites of the 77th Leyte Landing anniversary on 20 October, in Palo, Leyte.
Leyte Governor Leopoldo Dominico Petilla said Centino has confirmed his participation in the program and will deliver the commemorative message.
President Rodrigo Duterte and the ambassadors to the Philippines of the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Japan, New Zealand and the United States will deliver pre-recorded messages in the hybrid program.
The organizers have controlled the number of guests that will personally attend the commemoration at the shrine to ensure that coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) health protocols are strictly observed.
Petilla said that none of the remaining 49 war veterans from Eastern Visayas will attend the program due to old age and the prevailing pandemic. The oldest living veteran in the region is 105 years old.
Instead, the provincial government has distributed P10,000 financial assistance to each of these veterans through the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office two weeks earlier.
Petilla said the annual commemoration of the landing of US General Douglas MacArthur and the Allied Forces in Red Beach Palo, Leyte serves as a constant reminder to the younger generation of the bravery displayed by the forefathers.
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