President Benigno Aquino leads the 113th Independence Day by flag-raising ceremonies in Kawit, Cavite.
Sunday, June 12, 2011.
He arrived at the shrine at 6:30 a.m. With him were Cabinet secretaries led by Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin.
Present at the ceremonies were Cavite Governor Juanito Victor Remulla Jr., Kawit Mayor Reynaldo Aguinaldo, and Imus Bishop Luis Antonio Tagle.
One hundred and thirteen years ago, our ancestors gathered here in Cavite, a land watered with the blood of heroes, to reveal to the world: Yesterday was the last day that I will be treated as a low-class native of my land. Today, I am a free person created by God who has the right to dream, and went to make it a reality. Pnoy said on his speech.
Now, I choose this place to talk to my countrymen, Filipino facing fellow free Filipinos, on the first Philippine Independence Day on my administration. Pnoy added.
In Manila, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Francis Tolentino led the flag-raising ceremonies at the Rizal Park.
The Philippine Coast Guard sounded horns while the Armed Forces of the Philippines started a static display in Manila.
Also present at the Manila rites were Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim and Secretaries Alberto Lim (tourism), Armin Luistro (education) and Jose Rene Almendras (energy).
Security was tight in the area, particularly along Roxas Boulevard, as militant umbrella group Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) was to hold a protest action near the US Embassy.
At the Monumento area in Caloocan City, Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo led flag-raising ceremonies following a 6 a.m. Mass.