The Legacy of Governor Evelio Javier

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Evelio B. Javier Freedom Park in San Jose, Antique  I. His life:

  • Born to Everardo Javier and Feliza Bellaflor on October 31, 1942, in Barangay Lanag, Hamtic, Antique
  • Finished a Bachelor of Arts (1963) and Bachelor of Laws (1968) in Ateneo; passed the bar that same year
  • Elected governor of Antique from 1972 to 1980
  • Ran for assembly in 1981 but lost to a staunch ally of President Ferdinand E. Marcos
  • Earned master’s degree in public administration at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in 1982

Evelio B. Javier Freedom Park in San Jose, AntiqueII. His death:

  • The intensity and anxiety in the counting of ballots for the snap presidential elections was palpable
  • The campaign manager of Corazon C. Aquino, EBJ was seen talking with his friends outside the provincial capitol
  • Then three masked men fired at him; though he ran away for cover, his killers chased him and fired more lethal shots
  • At late morning of February 11, 1986, EBJ passed away
  • On October 12, 2004, Judge Rudy Castrojas of the Regional Trial Court Branch 12 in Antique acquitted the principal accused former Assemblyman Arturo Pacificador

Evelio B. Javier Freedom Park in San Jose, AntiqueIII. His legacy:

  • As news of his death rushed like a wild fire, Antiqueños greatly mourned the untimely demise of their beloved leader
  • Thousands wearing yellow shirts and yellow bands attended his interment
  • His death helped ignited the 1986 EDSA Revolt.
  • On September 22, 1986, the Supreme Court of the Philippines (G.R. Nos. L-68379-81) posthumously nullified the election of Pacificador as assemblyman of Antique
  • On June 3, 1992, President Corazon C. Aquino signed Republic Act No. 7601 declaring February 11 of each year as Governor Evelio B. Javier Day, a special non-working public holiday in the Provinces of Antique, Capiz, Aklan and Iloilo
  • The Class 2 principal (minor domestic) Antique Airport, the only airport serving the province of Antique, was renamed as Evelio Javier Airport
  • The park in front of the provincial capitol was named Evelio B. Javier Freedom Park

Note: This is part of LegendHarry‘s July 30-August 8, 2013 Panay Island Backpacking Trip.

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