July 22, 2018, 2:07 pm
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In the rain at high noon

AT the Libingan ng mga Bayani in the rain at high noon my father was interred.

“The Republic Memorial Cemetery now known as the Libingan ng mga Bayani (LNMB) is our only Heroes’ Cemetery located in Fort Bonifacio, Western Bicutan, Taguig City. It was established in 1947 as a fitting resting place for Filipino military personnel from private to generals, as well as our heroes and martyrs. It is a tribute to the gallant Filipino soldiers who fought and died in World War II. In 1954, then President Ramon Magsaysay rededicated the cemetery and renamed it as the Libingan ng mga Bayani. In 1967, then President Ferdinand Marcos reserved 142 hectares from the Fort Bonifacio Military Reserve (formerly known as the Fort Mckinley) in consideration for the LNMB to serve not only as a cemetery for military personnel but also as a national shrine for fallen heroes. Presently, LNMB provides grave and interment services not only for military men who die in the line of duty or who were honorably discharged but is also open as a final resting place for presidents, Filipino veterans, notable government statesmen, dignitaries and national artists.” [Rep. Leopoldo N. Bataoil (2nd District, Pangasinan), House Bill 1021, House of Representatives, 17th Congress Second Regular Session, July 2016; http://www.congress.gov.ph/legisdocs/basic_17/HB01021.pdf]

The same Libingan ng mga Bayani, according to the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, is the “final resting place for Filipino soldiers who fought during the Second World War as members of the United States Armed Forces in the Far East (USAFFE), Korean War as Philippine Expeditionary Forces to Korea (PEFTOK) and Vietnam War and other elements.” [http://www.cbcpnews.com/cbcpnews/?p=44609]

Those “other elements” include Baltazar Karganilla, DMD, a PRC-certified fellow-specialist belonging to the Philippine College of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, who also happened to have completed successfully the Ranger Course Number 1 at Fort Magsaysay in 1970.

Dr. Baltazar Karganilla was commissioned as an officer of the Philippine Army on 19 June 1968. He was able to mark the 50th anniversary of his service before he succumbed to the effects of progressive supra-nuclear palsy this year. For him, the President of the Philippines in 1992-1998, Fidel Valdez Ramos, sent a poem (“Safely Home”), of which the third stanza reads: “Did you wonder I so calmly / Trod the valley of the shade? Oh! But Jesus’ love illumined / Every dark and fearful glade.” [Letter to Mrs. Angelina Karganilla and family, 21 June 2018]

For the late Dr. Baltazar Karganilla, the DCSRRA, J9 (Rear Adm. Samuel Z. Felix) authorized the provision of vigil, bugler/drummer, firing party (21-gun salute), military host/pallbearers, and arrival/departure honors. For these provisions, the Presidential letter and the condolences of comrades and relatives, the family of the late Dr. Baltazar Karganilla is deeply grateful.

The Libingan ng mga Bayani is maintained as a National Shrine by the Grave Services Unit of the Philippine Army. [http://server.pvao.mil.ph/PDF/shrines/libingan.pdf] “Under AFP Regulation G 161-373 or “The allocation of Cemetery Plots at the LNMB” issued on April 9, 1986 by then Chief of Staff of the AFP General Fidel Ramos and President Corazon Aquino, deceased persons who can be interred at LNMB are: Medal of Valor Awardees; President of the Philippines as the Commander –in-Chief of the AFP; Secretary of National Defense; Chief of Staff of the AFP; General/Flag Officers of the AFP; active and retired military personnel of the AFP; former AFP members who laterally entered and joined the Philippine National Police (PNP) and Philippine Coast Guard (PCG); veterans of the Philippine Revolution of 1896, the First and Second World War, as well as recognized guerillas; government dignitaries, statesman, national artists and other deceased persons whose interment or re-interment has been approved by the Commander-in-Chief, Congress or the Secretary of National Defense; former presidents, Secretaries of National Defense, Chiefs of Staff and widows of former presidents.” [http://www.congress.gov.ph/press/details.php?pressid=6508]

“Our fallen heroes shall always be remembered. Their country shall continue to honor them for even if they can no longer participate in the routine of daily life, what they had left and died for shall continuously be enjoyed by the very people they have sworn to serve.” [http://www.army.mil.ph/ASCOM/gsu.html]
Other matters of interest this week:

(1) A year after Greenpeace Philippines and its creative partner Dentsu Jayme Syfu unveiled the dead plastic whale in Naic, Cavite, the art installation that shocked the world bagged two top awards in the 2018 Cannes Lions International Festival in France. The dead whale was unveiled on May 11, 2017, during the meeting of the Asean Working Group on Coastal and Marine Environment in Manila. “The scourge of plastic pollution is undeniable, and is already taking a toll not just on our environment and food, but the overall welfare of Filipinos. It’s time for the national government to stop dragging its feet in addressing this problem and for big fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) corporations to stop spewing excuses for their single-use plastic production,” said Vince Cinches, oceans campaigner for Greenpeace Philippines.

(2) For the blasphemers, an excerpt from the August 3, 1973 warning of Our Lady of Akita: “Many men in this world afflict the Lord...In order that the world might know His anger, the Heavenly Father is preparing to inflict a great chastisement on all mankind.” And from the October 13, 1973 prophecy: “As I told you, if men do not repent and better themselves, the Father will inflict a terrible punishment on all humanity. It will be a punishment greater than the deluge, such as one will never see before. Fire will fall from the sky and will wipe out a great part of humanity, the good as well as the bad, sparing neither priests nor faithful. The survivors will find themselves so desolate that they will envy the dead.” [https://www.ewtn.com/library/mary/akita.htm]

(3) More than 1,000 retired soldiers, including locals and many others who rushed in from around the country, descended on local government offices in the eastern city of Zhenjiang, in Jiangsu province. For four days, they occupied a public plaza and a street, singing and chanting as they demanded answers over the alleged beating of a fellow veteran by government-hired thugs after he petitioned for better benefits. [Large army veteran protests in China pose challenge for Xi; https://apnews.com/15cafc2ca03841bf9f32d5edb959ba85]

(4) “Today, on the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, we remember those we have lost to the drug abuse epidemic, lift up and pray for those struggling with addiction, and reaffirm our steadfast resolve to dismantle the criminal networks that spread the drugs that are poisoning our loved ones.” [https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/presidential-message-int...
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