Remember September

Official  Observances for  the month of September:

Non-working Holiday:  September 13: Id-ul-Adha( Feast of Sacrifice)

Non-holiday Observances only: 

Monthly Observances:

-Anti-Rat Campaign Month (Proclamation No. 179, s. 1955)
-Health, Safety and Sanitation Month (Proclamation No. 115-A, s. 1966)
-National Clean-up Month (Proclamation No. 244, s. 1993)
-Civil Service Month (Proclamation No. 1050, s. 1997)
-Development Policy Research Month (Proclamation No. 247, s. 2002)
-National Peace Consciousness Month (Proclamation No. 675, s. 2004)
-Social Security Month (Proclamation No. 682, s. 2004)
-Rule of Law Month (Proclamation No. 713, s. 2004)
-Public Relations Month (Proclamation No. 1357, s. 2007)
-Peoples Management Month (Proclamation No. 1614, s. 2008)
-Blood Diseases Month (Proclamation No. 1833, s. 2009)
-Cybersecurity Awareness Month (Proclamation No. 2054, s. 2010)
-National Teachers’ Month (September 5-October 5) (Proclamation No. 242, s. 2011)
Weekly Observances:
Weekly observances with specific dates:
September 16 – 22: Cerebral Palsy Awareness and Protection Week (Proclamation No. 588, s. 2004)

September 17 – 23: World Clean and Green Week (Proclamation No. 244, s. 1993)

Weekly observances without specific dates:
Week 1:
National Crime Prevention Week (Proclamation No. 461, s. 1994)
Obesity Prevention Awareness Week (Proclamation No. 162, s. 1999)
National Epilepsy Awareness Week (Proclamation No. 230, s. 2002)
Week 2: Education Week (Proclamation No. 409, s. 1953)

Week 3:
Medical Technology Week (Proclamation No. 1181, s. 1973)
Design Consciousness Week (Proclamation No. 1259, s. 1974)
National Building Management Industry Week (Proclamation No. 12, s. 1998)
Chemical Engineering Week (Proclamation No. 1365, s. 2007)
Week 4: Medicine Week (Proclamation No. 439, s. 1957)

Last Week:
Family Week (Proclamation No. 60, s. 1992)
National Tourism Week (Proclamation No. 894, s. 1996)
Daily Observances:
Daily observances without specific dates:
Third Saturday of September: International Coastal Clean-up Day (Proclamation No. 470, s. 2003)

Third Monday of September: World Health Day (Proclamation No. 144, s. 1963)

Last Friday of September: National Maritime Day (Proclamation No. 866, s. 1966)

Daily observances with specific dates:
September 1:
Birth anniversary of Senate President Gil J. Puyat (1907)
September 2:
Birth anniversary of National Scientist Gregorio T. Velasquez (1901)
Birth anniversary of Chief Justice Fred Ruiz Castro (1914)
Death anniversary of National Scientist Geminiano T. de Ocampo (1987)
September 3:
Death Anniversary of Chief Justice Cesar Bengzon (1992)
September 4:
Birth anniversary of Speaker of the National Assembly Benigno S. Aquino, Sr. (1894)
September 5:
Birth anniversary of National Artist Ildefonso Santos Jr. (1929)
September 6:
Birth anniversary of National Artist Francisco Arcellana (1916)
September 8:
National Literacy Day (Proclamation No. 1886, s. 1979)
National Physical Therapy Day (Proclamation No. 15, s. 1998)
Birth anniversary of National Artist N.V.M. Gonzales (1915)
Death anniversary of National Scientist Pedro B. Escuro (2000)
September 9:
Birth anniversary of President Sergio Osmeña (1878)
Birth anniversary of Senate President and Speaker of the House of Representatives Quintin B. Paredes (1884)
September 10:
Anniversary of the Official Gazette (1902)
September 11:
Birth anniversary of Speaker of the National Assembly Gil Montilla (1876)
Birth anniversary of Speaker of the House of Representatives Cornelio T. Villareal (1904)
Birth anniversary of Speaker of the House of Representatives Daniel Romualdez (1907)
Birth anniversary of President Ferdinand E. Marcos (1917)
September 12:
Birth anniversary of National Artist Gerardo de Leon (1913)
September 13:
Birth anniversary of National Artist Amado V. Hernandez (1903)
Death anniversary of National Scientist Julian A. Banzon (1988)
September 14:
Founding anniversary of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (Executive Order No. 125, s. 1993)
September 15:
Death anniversary of National Scientist Casimiro V. del Rosario (1982)
Philippine Medicine Day (Proclamation No. 407, s. 1953)
September 16:
Birth anniversary of National Scientist Geminiano T. de Ocampo (1907)
Death anniversary of Senate President Neptali A. Gonzales (2001)
September 19:
Birth anniversary of Senate President Arturo M. Tolentino (1910)
Death anniversary of National Artist Francisco F. Feliciano (2014)
Civil Service Commission (Public Law No. 5 of 1900)
Founding anniversary of the Order of Gabriela Silang (Executive Order No. 236, s. 2003)
Founding anniversary of the Order of Lakandula (Executive Order No. 236, s. 2003)
Founding anniversary of the Order of National Social Scientists (Executive Order No. 236, s. 2003)
Law Day (Proclamation No. 1477, s. 1975)
September 20:
Birthday of National Scientist Dolores A. Ramirez (1931)
September 24:
Birth anniversary of Chief Justice and Speaker of the National Assembly José Yulo (1894)
Birthday of Senate President Edgardo J. Angara (1934)
September 26:
Department of Justice (Decree of Aguinaldo, 1898)
September 28:
Birth anniversary of President Diosdado Macapagal (1910)
Death anniversary of President Ferdinand E. Marcos (1989)
September 29:
Birth anniversary of National Scientist Juan Salcedo Jr. (1904)

Founding anniversary of the Anti-Money Laundering Council (Republic Act No. 9160 of 2001)

World’s Largest Pearl 

​A 34 kg. pearl has been turned over  by a fisherman to Palawan Provincial Tourism Office. After keeping it for 10 years, he decided to hand this over to the government. Read more:GMA NEWS: 34kg Pearl

If verified, this unusual find will break the current record of ‘Pearl of Allah’ or ‘Pearl of Lai Tzu’ as biggest in the world. With official weight of 6.4kgs, the mother of all pearls is now valued at 4 million U.S dollars.

Unknown to many though, The deceased chairman of Crown Regency Hotels, Richard King, announced in 2013 to have in possession of a 9kg. pearl he referred to as ‘Pearl of the Kings’ said to be inherited from his grandfather. Read more: Philnews: Pearl of the Kings

All three discoveries came from Palawan seas. 

Danding Cojuangco, the mastermind behind Aquino murder

It has been said so many times already, if Marcos wanted to kill Ninoy, He could have done it conveniently anytime while Ninoy was languishing in jail for  seven years. 

Ninoy was even sentenced to death by a military tribunal, but Marcos didn’t carry out the verdict. 
When Ninoy needed an urgent heart-bypass, Imelda Marcos personally arranged for his flight to the U.S. together with his wife Cory and all their kids.

While in the U.S, Marcos didn’t fail to warn Ninoy of an intelligence report that the Communists will kill him should he return to the country. 

And so, on that fateful day of Aug 21 1983, using the alias ‘Marcial Bonifacio‘ in a fake passport, Ninoy was daringly assasinated while disembarking from the plane. He was shot in close range before he could even set foot again in his native land. 

The intel report was only partially accurate.  The threat did not come from the Communists, but from within a certain quarter of the government itself. A military conspiracy it was, but Marcos has nothing to do with  it.  The military officers who were tasked by the president to arrest and secure Ninoy upon arrival, apparently took a second instruction, from the brains behind the plot.

The objective was to bring down Marcos. Killing Ninoy was merely ‘the means to an end‘. And true enough, Marcos was the convenient suspect, and his downfall came after just three short years.

So who did it? 

Danding Cojuangco

First degree cousin of Cory and uncle of Noynoy. Blood family. 

Pablo Martinez, one of the soldiers convicted for the Aquino murder in 1990, spilled the beans as early as 1994.  He became a born-again christian inside Bilibid and related to his fellow inmates the real story. 

He named Danding Cojuangco as the mastermind behind the espionage.

M/Sgt Pablo Martinez

Martinez gave a chilling recount of the events leading to Aug 21 1983 and that, ‘Cojuangco boys’  paid the expenses in plotting the kill. read more: Newsbreak 11/23/07 story

                      Indifference 

But Cory & Noynoy did not pursue this revelation. With the warm relationship between the two Aquino presidents (the widow and the son of Ninoy) and the United States, why did they never ask for assistance in the repatriation of two former military officers hiding in the US. Two crucial figures who were considered as the missing link in the quest for answer in Ninoy’s death. Read more: Manila Times story by Rigoberto Tigla

Former Justice Secretary Raul Gonzales once divulged that early in her presidency, Cory was offered by an eyewitness to divulge the truth in exchange for a guarantee of protection for her family. President Cory asked who will be implicated by the witness. “Danding” Gonzales told her. “That’s stupendous” Cory reacted. The said witness vanished after that, never to be heard of again.

              Death of a witness

In 2014, while biking in Roxas boulevard, Martinez was run over by  an SUV vehicle. Witnesses said it was no accident. Read more: Interaksyon story on Pablo Martinez

                      Closure

If Cory and Ninoy did not show interest in knowing the truth, could it be because they knew it all along? For me, these are easy to connect dots. Few days from today, we will commemorate the 33rd anniversary of Ninoy’s martyrdom. It is time to put closure to the issue. 

In August 21, 1983, Ninoy and Marcos both died that day.