Martin1 SPEAKER Ferdinand Martin G. Romualdez hands over to Speaker Kim Jin-Pyo of the National Assembly of South Korea a copy of House Resolution No. 93 expressing strong support and solidarity with the Republic of Korea in commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the Korean Armistice Agreement. Romualdez presented the resolution during the courtesy call of Speaker Kim and his delegation at the House of Representatives on Monday. Photo by VER NOVENO

SOKOR hailed on 70th armistice day

July 24, 2023 Jester P. Manalastas 131 views

THE House of Representatives has adopted a resolution expressing its strong support and solidarity with the Republic of Korea in commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the Korean Armistice Agreement slated on July 27.

House Resolution (HR) No. 1126, which was also based on the celebration of the 10th United Nations (UN) Forces Participation Day, was introduced by Speaker Ferdinand Martin G. Romualdez, Senior Deputy Speaker Aurelio “Dong” D. Gonzales, Majority Leader Manuel Jose “Mannix” M. Dalipe, Senior Majority Leader Ferdinand Alexander A. Marcos, Minority Leader Marcelino C. Libanan and Tingog Party-list Reps. Yedda Marie K. Romualdez and Jude A. Acidre.

“This resolution recognizes the longstanding friendship between the Philippines and the Republic of Korea that started way before the signing of the Korean Armistice Agreement in 1953 and has flourished since then. We hope the ties that bind both our countries together shall be perpetually strong,” it reads.

According to the resolution, the year 2023 marks the 70th anniversary of the signing of the Korean Armistice Agreement on July 27, 1953, by military commanders from the United States that represented the United Nations Command, the Korean People’s Army and Chinese People’s Volunteer Army, ending roughly three years of fighting of the 1950-1953 Korean War.

“In July 2013, on the eve of the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War, South Korea proclaimed through Act No. 17117, July 27 of every year as the ‘United Nations (UN) Forces Participation Day’ … to honor and pay tribute to the participating UN member states who fought alongside South Korea in the three-year war,” HR No. 1126 read.

It added that the UN Forces Participation Day and the International Memorial Day for UN Korean War Veterans “not only serve as a reminder of the importance of international support and cooperation in maintaining peace and security but moreover, it highlights the strong alliance and diplomatic relations among member states in the international community.”

The resolution stated that based on UN Security Council Resolution 83 and Resolution 84, “the Philippines enacted Republic Act (RA) No. 573, otherwise known as the ‘Philippine Military Aid to the United Nations Act,’ which made possible the sending of a Philippine Expeditionary Force to Korea (PEFTOK) to help South Korea defend itself from the invasion of the North.”

“The bilateral relations between the Philippines and South Korea have always been characterized by mutual trust and support which started on March 3, 1949 upon the recognition of Republic of Korea as a sovereign state by the Philippines, the first ASEAN country to establish relations with the new nation, and the first Asian country to respond to the call of the United Nations to help South Korea when it was invaded by communist forces,” the resolution said.