AFP honors WWII veterans in celebration of Philippine Veterans Week

The nation formally starts its week-long celebration of Philippine Veterans Week with the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) honoring living and deceased World War II veterans with a "review in honor" at Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City on Friday morning.

The April 5-11 ceremony is a time-honored tradition of the AFP whereby men and women in the uniformed service show their respect to veterans, alive and living, for their unparalleled sacrifices, numerous accomplishments and the distinct values which shaped the military into what it has now become -- a more capable, more professional and more reliable Armed Forces of the people.

A battalion-sized contingent from the AFP conducted the review wherein veterans are paraded and accorded military honors.

The program includes a ceremonial inspection of troops and concluded with a pass-in-review. Aside from this, still living and deceased veterans were awarded with plaques and medals in recognition of their wartime services and honorable performance of duties during World War II.

The living awardees include Major Gen. Fortunato U. Abat, AFP (retired); Col. Vicente F. Alhambra, Philippine Constabulary, (retired); Cpl. Primitivo A Cuenca, Philippine Army (PA) (retired), Pvt. Tiburcio S. Dela Cruz PA (Ret), Capt. Jaime L Guerrero, PA (retired), Capt. Alejandro P. Hontiveros, Sr. PA (retired); Col. Manuel V. Panlilio, PA (retired); and Brig.Gen. Domingo R. Tucay, Sr., AFP (retired).

The posthumous awardees to be represented by their families include Brig. Gen. Gonzalo L. Batac, AFP (retired), Staff Sgt. Jose S. De Leon PA; Lt.Col. Gustavo C. Ingles, PA; and Gen. Guillermo P. Nakar, Sr., AFP (retired), Major Benedicto G. Pinga, Sr., PA (retired).