The 69th anniversary of the Leyte Gulf Landing was commemorated on October 20 at the MacArthur Landing Memorial National Park in Palo, Leyte. Organized by provincial Governor Leopoldo Dominico Petilla, the ceremony drew a number of foreign ambassadors to the Philippines to the south, among them Ambassador Bill Tweddell of Australia; Ambassador Reuben Levermore of New Zealand and a representative from the United States.
It was Minister Tetsuro Amano, Deputy Head of Mission of Japanese Embassy, however, who had the honor of addressing the prominent guests that Sunday, expressing his heartfelt apologies with a deep sense of remorse for the tragedy in the Philippines during those fateful years.
He emphasized that Japan has learned the lessons of history and has become a peace-loving nation since the end of the last war, and expressed gratitude for the friendship and close cooperation that have since blossomed between Japan and its former adversaries.
He ended his speech by expressing confidence that continued close cooperation among nations would eventually bring about peace and prosperity in the world.
Besides the foreign envoys, Department of National Defense Undersecretary Eduardo Batac also joined the Filpino service veterans at well attended ceremony.