House Declares Cory a National Hero

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The House of Representatives the other day approved on second reading a joint congressional resolution declaring the late former President Corazon C. Aquino a national hero.The approval of House Joint Resolution No. 41 followed the adoption on second reading of HJR No. 40 which sets January 25th of each year as Cory Aquino Day.Focusing Monday’s entire plenary session on the late democracy icon, the Lower House also adopted Resolutions No. 1299 and No. 1300 that contained the chamber’s tribute to Aquino and extended its members’ sincere condolences to her family.Authored in the Lower House by Reps. Rodolfo Plaza (NPC, Agusan del Sur) and Liwayway Vinzons-Chato (LP, Camarines Norte), HJR No. 40 is expected to be approved on third and final reading after its approval by the Senate.Majority Leader Arthur Defensor, one of the principal authors of House Resolution No. 1299 and 1300, said the chamber will resume action on the measure on Monday.Also set for third and final reading is HJR No. 41 authored by Defensor and Liberal Party solons led by Rep. Erin Tanada of Quezon.“If a Cory Aquino Day will be observed as an annual holiday, the Philippines will be the first country in the world to commemorate a couple for dedicating their lives in the name of freedom and democracy for their beloved country,” noted Quezon City Rep. …