WWII veteran in Bataan passes away

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SAMAL, Bataan: A leader of the few remaining World War II veterans in Bataan was laid to rest following his death at the age of 92.

Luis Siasat was president of 370 living WWII veterans in District I of Bataan. He was a member of the Philippine Scouts before and during the war years.

Rep. Herminia Roman, chair of the House committee on Veterans Affairs, and Mayor Gene de la Fuente led the Luksang Parangal given by the municipal government to Siasat on Friday.

Siasat’s widow Aida said her husband planned to join this year’s Araw ng Kagitingan rites, which they regularly attended every April 9.

Like other Filipino pensioners, Siasat receives a monthly pension of P6,700 from the Philippine Veterans Affairs Office. In addition, he gets US$125 monthly for his services with the then-United States Army. He fought in Bataan with other members of the United States Armed Forces of the Philippines in 1942 and joined the guerilla resistance movement after Bataan fell to the Japanese Imperial Army on April 9, 1942.

After the war, Luis went into farming and raising cattle. In 1998, he was elected municipal councilor of Samal and served until 2001. He also served as village head of Barangay Ibaba, this town.

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