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April 28, 2017 by bayanmuna_admin

On the third year of the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) which practically made the whole Philippines as the biggest US base in history, Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Isagani Zarate called on Pres.Rodrigo Duterte to declare Lapu-lapu as a hero of the Filipino people and declare April 27, the date of the Battle of Mactan as Lapu-lapu  Day, in commemoration of the historic battle that showed the mettle of our people against foreign invaders. "In light of the declaration of Pres. Duterte that he will push for an independent foreign policy, it is but right to recognize Lapu-lapu as one of our national heroes in standing up against foreign intervention and invasion. Regardless of the controversies surrounding him, what is unquestionable is that Lapu-lapu is a shining example of patriotism, standing up for our territory and fighting subjugation," said the Davao-based solon. "This is also very timely especially now that the US and China are escalating the militarization of the West Philippine Sea and we need the Filipino youth not only to commemorate the life of patriots like Lapu-lapu and Andres Bonifacio but emulate them as well," added the progressive solon. "Patriotism is much needed now in our country, especially in the so-called age of globalization where powerful countries overtly and covertly dictate the political, economic, military and cultural policies of developing countries like the Philippines. It is high time that the Filipino people should stand up against its present oppressors," ended Rep.Zarate.### 

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