TODAY IN PHILIPPINE HISTORY:
Lorenzo Martinez Tañada, the longest-serving senator in Philippine history, was born in Gumaca, Quezon. He served as a Philippine senator for 24 years.
He was at the forefront of several battles that shaped the history of the nation, including the fight against the Marcos dictatorship and the dismantling of Subic Naval base (the last American Installation in the Philippines) in 1991.
Tañada received the Philippine Legion of Honor, the country’s highest award, from President Corazon Aquino for opposing the presence of American troops in the country in 1986. He died on August 9, 1992 at the age of 93.
(Ref: Philippine News Agency; Photo from lorenzomtanada.org)