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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Today Is Evelio Javier Day

Today February 11 is Evelio Javier Day. On this day 28 years ago in 1986, Evelio Javier, then governor of Antique, Marcos opposition and anti-dictatorial leader was gunned down in front of the new Antique Capitol building while protecting the ballot boxes of the 1986 snap election. He tried to run away from his perpetrators and hid in a store until he was discovered and gunned down. His death was one of the rallying cries of the People Power Revolution. We honor his courage and heroism defending democracy by making every February 11th a special non-working holiday in Panay Island (that includes Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Guimaras and Iloilo) 

Photo Sources: 

Ellen Tordesillas.com, http://www.ellentordesillas.com/2013/03/22/evelio-javiers-sons-oppose-pardon-for-convicted-lawyer/ 

 Bantayog.org, http://www.bantayog.org/node/123 

 Philippine Daily Inquirer, http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/251904/evelio-javier-widow-dies-in-us
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