SACRAMENTO – By the invitation of Senate Republicans, dignitaries from the Philippines Office of the Consul General in San Francisco were honored at the California State Legislature in recognition of Philippine Independence Day.
Senate Minority Leader Bob Huff (R-San Dimas) is a co-author of Assembly Concurrent Resolution 81, which celebrates Philippine Independence Day on June 12 and marks the 117th anniversary of the Philippines successfully declaring independence from Spain in 1898. ACR 81 passed on the Senate floor with all 14 Senate Republicans voting in support of it.
Today there are more than 3.5 million people of Filipino-American ancestry, many of whom have played vital roles in the development of the United States. In addition, civic and community leaders in the Filipino-American community continue to pave the way for other Filipino-Americans to strengthen their roles in the United States and contribute to American and California politics, economy, and culture.
Senator Huff recognized the Honorable Consul General of the Philippines, Henry S. Bensurto, Jr., the delegation from the Consulate General in San Francisco along with Dick Mazon, current President of the Filipino Fiesta of Sacramento, and business leaders from the Filipino-American community in Northern California.
Senator Huff issued the following statement:
“Filipino Americans are the second largest Asian-American constituency in my Senate district. Over the years, Filipino- Americans have played and continue to play an important role in enriching life and history in the United States. I am honored and proud to be a co-author of ACR 81.
“Filipino-Americans have also played a major role in California politics. Last year, 23 Filipino-Americans were elected to state or local offices, adding to the long list of Filipino-Americans who are currently serving. They have had a positive impact on California politics over the years.
“Filipino-Americans are patriotic and have served the United States with distinction as outstanding soldiers who fought as members of the United States Armed Forces for over a century. They’ve sacrificed their lives in many wars including World War II, the Vietnam War, and current conflicts in the Middle East and Afghanistan.”