Forty-year or­di­nance im­ple­mented: Street re­named af­ter WWII ‘mar­tyr-gov’

Cebu Daily News - - NEWS -

AF­TER forty years since the or­di­nance was passed, Pro­greso Street at Barangay Er­mita, Cebu City, has fi­nally been re­named to Jose S. Leyson Street in honor of the Ce­buano gov­er­nor who died as a mar­tyr dur­ing the Ja­panese oc­cu­pa­tion.

Michael Braga, Cul­tural and His­tor­i­cal Af­fairs Com­mis­sion (CHAC) ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fi­cer, said that the or­di­nance was passed in 1971 but was not en­acted for un­known rea­sons.

This year, the City Coun­cil re­quested the or­di­nance to be im­ple­mented as a part of cul­tural move­ment in the streets of Cebu.

“Jose Leyson was a hero and mar­tyr for the Ce­buanos dur­ing the Ja­panese oc­cu­pa­tion, and he de­serves to be re­mem­bered by the Ce­buanos of to­day,” said Braga.

The re­main­ing chil­dren of Leyson said they waited for the last 40 years for the promised street to be re­named in honor of their late fa­ther.

“We were on a peak of the moun­tain when they (the Ja­panese) found us. They told my fa­ther that if he didn’t go down, they would kill us and all the peo­ple in the com­mu­nity. So, he went down the moun­tain and served as the gov­er­nor of Cebu un-

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