MANILA, Feb 13 (Mabuhay) — President Benigno S. Aquino III joined De La Salle University faculty and students in commemorating the 68th anniversary of the De La Salle massacre in ceremonies held at the University’s campus in Manila on Wednesday.
The massacre happened on February 12, 1945 when a group of Japanese soldiers entered the De La Salle College campus on Taft Avenue and attacked and killed 24 men, women, and children, and 16 La Salle brothers who were living there.
The President said in his speech keynoting the unveiling of the Cory Aquino Democratic Space marker at the DLSU campus that it was discovered that some of those killed “were relatives of mine.”
“Just yesterday, we observed the 68th anniversary of the massacre in De La Salle College, which happened during the Second World War. Sixteen brothers and twenty-four civilians were killed that day, some of whom were relatives of mine,” the President said.
“As we pay tribute to their memory, we are again reminded of how peace is the bedrock of happiness, prosperity, and national progress,” he added noting that “It is the foundation upon which the La Sallians that followed helped rebuild not just a prestigious university, but an entire country.” (MNS)