By Jerry E. Esplanada
Eight distinguished “freedom fighters,” including former US President James Earl “Jimmy” Carter, will be honored on Aug. 21 by the Ninoy Aquino Movement (NAM) during the group’s commemoration of the 31st death anniversary of the late Senator Benigno Aquino Jr.
By Nimfa U. Rueda
A team of American scholars who are experts in World War II history have joined a nationwide campaign to push the US government to award the Congressional Gold Medal to Filipino WWII veterans, retired US Army Major General Antonio Taguba announced on Aug. 10 (Sunday in Manila).
John Trinca couldn’t remember the name of the soldier who died right next to him minutes after they met during World War II, and all Thomas Bateman Jr. knew of his father’s death was that it happened in 1945 in the Philippines.
By Matikas Santos
The Philippines and Japan should accept China’s “historical” claim in the South China Sea (West Philippine Sea) instead of complicating the ongoing maritime dispute, an official said Thursday.
By Leti Boniol
In the book “No Surrender” that Hiroo Onoda wrote after surrendering in 1974 to then Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos, the Japanese officer detailed how he succeeded in convincing himself and his fellow soldiers Kinshichi Kozuka, Shoichi Shimada and Yuichi Akatsu that World War II wasn’t over, and that attempts to make them surface were enemy ploys to make them surrender.