NCRPO chief Eleazar receives WW2 award for late father

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National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) director, Major General Guillermo Eleazar, received awards on behalf of his late father, who is a World War II veteran.

The Metro Manila top cop received the World War II Victory Medal, Philippine Liberation Medal and Posthumous Award for Staff Sergeant Victor Eleazar, during the sunset ceremony Thursday night marking the closing of the Philippine Veterans Week, with the theme: Sakripisyo ng Beterano ay Gunitain, Gawing Tanglaw ng Kabataan Tungo sa Kaunlaran” held at the Libingan ng mga Bayani in Taguig City.

Eleazar, meanwhile, thanked the Veterans Federation of the Philippines for recognizing the heroism and selflessness of his father. He also reminisced the sacrifices of his war veteran father who also encouraged him to join the Philippine Military Academy.

The Metro Manila top cop also took the opportunity to encourage the veterans to join him in his fight for the freedom of the youth against illegal drugs.

He emphasized that the drug problem is real and as the anchors of our country, veterans should raise concern about the plight of our youth who are being exposed to illegal drugs via evil pushers and even their peers who are already into drugs.

Eleazar reiterated his advocacy that there should be random checks of the students by the teachers of their schools to arrest the problem where it starts.

The late patriot, known as Tatay Toti, was born on May 11, 1927.

Tatay Toti joined the guerrilla movement at the young age of 15. His role was to collect supplies or raise funds to buy supplies for the veterans in the front line. (PNA)