November 4, 2013

Ordinance Declaring September 2 as Victory Day Approved by Ifugao Provincial Officials

On September 2, 1945, the Empire of Japan formally surrendered which finally ended the hostilities of the Second World War. The ceremony was held aboard the USS Missouri. The Instrument of Surrender was signed by the Japanese foreign affairs minister Mamoru Shigemitsu and General Yoshijiro Umezu. Taking his cue from his superiors, General Tomoyuki Yamashita, commander of the Fourteenth Area Army which was given the duties of defending the Philippines from Allied forces, laid down his arms in Kiangan, Ifugao on the same day.

The Japanese general formally surrendered in Baguio City at the Camp John Hay Air Base the following day.

Now, provincial officials of Ifugao have approved an ordinance declaring September 2 as a Victory Day, a public holiday commemorating the surrender of Yamashita in Ifugao. To fund the expenditures for the event, the provincial government plans on appropriating an annual amount of Php350,000 for it.

The BIG question is this "Is it really that necessary to declare another public holiday for Yamashita's surrender?" This is not to mention the fact that several hundred thousand pesos from public funds will have to be spent to fund it. This is not to downplay the significance of the event and the sacrifice of the soldiers, guerrillas, and people who helped in fighting the Japanese Imperial Army but those funds can be better used in other things that will ACTUALLY be more beneficial to our beloved war veterans.

What are your thoughts on the issue? Are you for or against such an ordinance? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.
General Yamashita surrenders in Kiangan, Ifugao. Source: Wikipedia

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