“Maraming, maraming salamat po, Bro. Eli Soriano!” – PNP OIC Gen. Espina and AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Catapang

They thanked Bro. Eli for the help, concern, appreciation, recognition and care that they received from him at the SM Mall Of Asia (MOA) Arena on June 30, 2015.

From left to right: BMPI-UNTV CEO Kuya Daniel Razon, together with PNP OIC Gen. Leonardo Espina and AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang, Jr., listens to Bro. Eli Soriano’s declaration of his strong desire on how he wants to help our heroes – the members of the PNP and the AFP.
From left to right: BMPI-UNTV CEO Kuya Daniel Razon, together with PNP OIC Gen. Leonardo Espina and AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang, Jr., listens to Bro. Eli Soriano’s declaration of his strong desire on how he wants to help our heroes – the members of the PNP and the AFP. (photo by Gauden Joe Sumayod)

PASAY CITY, Philippines – The night of the glorious and successful Songs For Heroes 2: Ang Mamatay Nang Dahil Sa’yo benefit concert was filled with overwhelming emotions and heartfelt gratitude as the two of the highest officials from the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and from the Philippine National Police (PNP) expressed their gratefulness to Bro. Eli Soriano on behalf of the AFP and PNP heroes.

The Grateful Heroes of the AFP and PNP

The brave generals of the AFP and the PNP did not hesitate to express their emotions on what and how they feel for warmth and compassion shown to them by Bro. Eli and Kuya Daniel.

“Maraming, maraming salamat po, Bro. Eli… And in behalf of all the wounded, yung mga nag-survive po, ay taos-puso po akong nagpapasalamat sa inyo,” exclaimed PNP OIC Gen. Leonardo Espina. He wholeheartedly expressed his gratitude to Bro. Eli for his continuous support to the PNP.

 Gen. Espina (M) expressing his appreciation in front of thousands of people who filled the SM MOA Arena.
Gen. Espina (M) expressing his appreciation in front of thousands of people who filled the SM MOA Arena. (Photo by Gauden Joe Sumayod)

“At alam nyo, ito po lagi ang ah… yung pag-alala (ninyo).. … (at) dahil nabigyan nyo kami ng malaking halaga, yun po ang nag uudyok at nagtutulak para sa amin upang lalong pag-ibayuhin ang aming trabaho para sa mamayan. Maraming, maraming salamat po at ingat po kayo d’yan,” Gen Espina added.

Similarly, AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang, Jr. praised Bro. Eli for the overflowing help that he gives to the AFP and for always remembering them even if he is far away from the country.

 Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang, Jr. (L) while saying his admiration to Bro. Eli.
Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang, Jr. (L) while saying his admiration to Bro. Eli. (photo by Gauden Joe Sumayod)

“Sobra-sobra na po ang naibigay nyo sa amin at ngayon tumulong pa po kayo para sa mga sundalo namin na wounded. Maraming salamat po at mabuti pa kayo naalala n’yo kami kahit nasa malayo kayo. Maraming salamat po,” AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Catapang said to Bro. Eli.

 Inside the Heart of these Brave Heroes

Through Songs For Heroes 2, the AFP and PNP personnel were able to show the real them. They are heroes – heroes who have hearts, heroes who really care and love, and heroes who are willing to serve and die for the Filipino people. It is contrary to what the public commonly have in mind about them as dreadful and appalling like what others usually describe them.

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From left to right: AFP General Catapang with Mr. Larry Henares and PNP General Espina on stage while performing their song number title “That’s What Friends Are For”. (Photo by Valeriano Onia Jr.)

As reflected at the night of the noble event, the AFP and the PNP were given the chance to prove that they are not enemies and the Filipino people should not be afraid of them.

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The heroes of the PNP and the AFP while performing on stage. (Photo by Valeriano Onia Jr.)

Their unity is palpable while performing at the Songs For Heroes 2. Their alliance to help their fellow soldiers and policemen is a proof that the relationship between them is more than a friendship. They are brothers. They are sisters. They are one family. And there is no war between them.

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The soloist of the PNP and the AFP singing together with the 5th Gen and the UP Dance Company. (Photo by Valeriano Onia Jr.)

“…at sino ho ang nagsasabing na magkaaway ho si General Espina at si General Catapang? Nadinig n’yo ang kanta nila ‘That’s What Friends Are For’…” Kuya Daniel stated as he commended the duet performance of AFP Gen. Catapang and PNP Gen. Espina.

“Hindi ho nag-aaway ang AFP at ang PNP kundi magkasama ho silang nagtatanggol sa ating bayan para mapanatili ang kapayapaan,” Razon said.

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AFP General Catapang (left) with PNP OIC General Espina, as they reminiscing their friendship long before they have entered the PNP and the AFP. (Photo by Valeriano Onia Jr)

The Heroes Who Cares For the Heroes

Bro. Eli Soriano, the international televangelist and the host of the award-winning religious program Ang Dating Daan (The Old Path), and BMPI-UNTV CEO Kuya Daniel Razon fulfilled their promise to the PNP and the AFP. It was realized through concert-for-a-cause dubbed as Songs For Heroes 2, which they conceptualized after the success of the first Songs For Heroes.

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Bro. Eli Soriano on big screen expressing his deep concern towards the wellbeing of the our peacekeepers, our heroes. (Photo by Grace Doctolero)

“Naaalala ko kasi yung ating mga kababayan, lalo na ang mga pulis. ‘Yong mga pulis na laging naka-amba ‘yong buhay nila just to maintain peace and order. Parang may kurot sa kalooban ko na mayroon tayong mga kababayang nag-me-maintain ng peace and order (pero) kulang sila sa lingap ng mamamayan. Kaya po ako nagkakaroon ng ganitong kaispan,” Bro. Eli explained. He has deep concern towards the wellbeing of our peacekeepers.

A total of 8 million pesos was raised from the Songs For Heroes 2.  The 6 Million of it was shared between the PNP and the AFP.

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PNP General Espina holding the P-3M check that will be given to the PNP Special Assistance Fund. (Photo from Songs For Heroes official fan page.)

All is for the benefit of the brave policemen and soldiers who were injured in line of their duties for the country.

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(Photo from Songs For Heroes official fan page)

Furthermore, Bro. Eli and Mr. Larry Henares of the Progressive Broadcasting Corporation (PBC) promised to donate additional 2 million pesos intended for the recovery expenses of the 15 injured SAF survivors in the Mamasapano incident.

Meanwhile, Kuya Daniel acknowledged the people, especially the Members Church of God International, who are always there to support their advocacies.

Kuya Daniel Razon on screen, expressing his gratitude because of the successfulness of the Songs For Heroes 2 and for the support they have received, especially from the MCGI. (Photo by Valeriano Onia Jr.)
Kuya Daniel Razon on screen, expressing his gratitude because of the success of the Songs For Heroes 2 and for the support they have received, especially from the MCGI. (Photo by Valeriano Onia Jr.)

“…Of course, una ang ating pasasalamat sa Poong Maykapal na nagbigay sa atin ng pagkakataon ngyong gabi. Salamat sa lahat ng ating mga kasama, sa Church of God International. Wala po kaming masabi sa inyo… Ito po ay para sa ating mga tagapagtanggol ng bayan. Para sa AFP at sa PNP ang gabing ito,” Kuya Daniel proclaimed.

Present at the Night of Songs For Heroes 2 are the following:

Hon. DOJ Secretary Leila M. De Lima, Court Administrator Justice Midas Marquez, Muntinlupa Rep. Rodolfo Biazon, Magdalo Partylist Cong. Garry Alejandro, Ilo-ilo Cong. Niel Tupaz, Rear Admiral Caesar Taccad the Vice Commander of the Philippine Navy, and other high-ranking PNP officials. The PBC Chairman Emeritus Mr. Larry Henares with Juno and Harry Henares.

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The performers include Asia’s Got Talent finalists Gerphil Flores and Gwyneth Dorado, Wency Cornejo,  Jeffrey Hidalgo, Arnee Hidalgo, Sam Shoaf, Jenine Desiderio, Kuh Ledesma,  Jed Madela, Velasco, 5th Gen,the Ramon Obusan Folkloric Group and the University of the Philippines Dance Company.

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The performers on stage together with the Generals of the AFP and PNP. (Photo by Gauden Joe Sumayod)

It is indeed the first time in the history of the AFP and PNP that a religious preacher ever care for them so much as like what Bro. Eli Soriano and Kuya Daniel Razon did and keep on doing! The Filipino should be thankful of having  Bro. Eli Soriano and Kuya Daniel Razon who has the heart not only for our heroes but for all the Filipino people!

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