The Catholic Bishop Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), is lobbying the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), to award former President Benigno Aquino III the Philippine Legion of Honor.
In his Sunday mass on March 19, CBCB chairman and Archbishop of Lingayen-Dagupan Socrates Villegas urged church goers to pray for the former president.
The Philippine Legion of Honor is conferred upon a Filipino or foreign citizen in recognition of valuable and meritorious service in relation to the military affairs of the Republic of the Philippines. It is thus the primary order of military merit of the Republic of the Philippines.
To signify the importance of the civil service in military affairs in the preservation of the honor of the Republic of the Philippines and in nation building, the Philippine Legion of Honor is conferred on the anniversary of the declaration of Philippine Independence.
The Philippine Legion of Honor may be awarded by the Secretary of National Defense in the name and by authority of the President of the Philippines.
Villegas, in his sermon said, the former president Benigno C. Aquino III is more than qualified for the Legion of Honor Award in his effort to file case against China’s incursion in the South China Sea. Although not a military by profession, Villegas added that the former president deserves to have one.
Only five Philippine presidents have awarded the highest award as Chief Commanders. They are Emilio Aguinaldo, Jose P. Laurel, Ferdinand E. Marcos Sr., Sergio Osmeña, and Fidel V. Ramos.
Since President Duterte is unlikely to sponsor the award, the CBCP is looking to convince Defense Chief Ret. Maj. Gen. Delfin Lorenzana. /Santi Valleverde/Disclaimer: Contributed articles does not reflect the view of Okd2.com. This website cannot guarantee the legitimacy of some of the information contributed to us. You may do additional research if you find some information doubtful. No part of this article maybe reproduced without permission from this website.