Obama signs law honoring Filipino WWII veterans

Don Kevin Hapal

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Obama signs law honoring Filipino WWII veterans
The US is set to award the Congressional Gold Medal to 260,000 Filipino veterans as a 'fitting tribute' to their dedicated service during the last war

MANILA, Philippines – Outgoing President Barack Obama signed into law on Thursday, December 15, the Filipino Veterans of World War II Congressional Gold Medal Act of 2015 which honors Filipinos who fought valiantly alongside US soldiers in the last war.

The law awards the Congressional Gold Medal to 260,000 Filipino veterans in recognition of their dedicated service during World War II.

The Congressional Gold Medal is the highest expression of national appreciation for distinguished achievements and contributions in the United States.

“We welcome this terrific news and extend our appreciation anew to all the advocates and supporters of the bill at the US House of Representatives and the Senate,” said Minister Patrick Chuasoto, Chargé d’Affaires ad interim of the Philippine Embassy, in a statement.

“This gold medal is a fitting tribute to our veterans’ sacrifice, courage, and strength. From ordinary civilians to defenders of free nations, these men and women deserve our deepest respect and gratitude,” he added.

The House version of the measure was sponsored by Representatives Tulsi Gabbard, Joseph Heck, Juan Vargas, Mike Thompson, Mark Takai, and Jackie Speier. In the Senate, it was sponsored by Senators Mazie Hirono, Dean Heller, Harry Reid, Tim Kaine, Brian Schatz.

Both bills were introduced on June 11, 2015.– Rappler.com

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Don Kevin Hapal

Don Kevin Hapal is Rappler’s Head of Data and Innovation. He started at Rappler as a digital communications specialist, then went on to lead Rappler’s Balikbayan section for overseas Filipinos. He was introduced to data journalism while writing and researching about social media, disinformation, and propaganda.