By Mario B. Casayuran
The National Historical Institute (NHI) has approved the provisions of a Senate resolution declaring the residence of Don Quintin Paredes in Abra as a national historical site.
This was disclosed yesterday by Sen. Loren Legarda, author of the Senate resolution (No. 136) approved last month, who said that the scheduled Feb. 23 inauguration and the cornerstone laying ceremony at the Paredes residence is “only fitting to honor a great and distinguished man who lived his life in the service of the Filipino people.”
“From his humble beginnings in Bangued, Abra, Don Quintin went on to hold many important government positions such as Manila City Fiscal, Attorney General, Secretary of Justice, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Senate President Pro-Tempore, and later, Senate President. He was also a member of the parliamentary mission to the United States in 1919,’’ she said.
Legarda said Don Quintin authored the Magna Carta for Labor while never giving up on his advocacy in promoting vocational courses in education.
“Don Quintin also contributed to the review of the provisions of the Revised Penal Code as a member of the Code Commission. But more than his exemplary service as a lawyer and legislator, Don Quintin championed the cause for civil liberties,” she detailed.
The lady senator noted that author Frank Ephraim, in his book ‘Escape to Manila,’ which documented the plight of the Jews during the Nazi regime, chronicled how Quintin Paredes chaired a local rally to denounce the persecution of Jews by Nazi in Germany.
“Even after he retired from public service at the age of 79 in 1963, he continued to be a defender of rights through his practice of law. Don Quintin’s is a life from which we can draw inspiration as he exemplifies hard work and belief in the importance of every individual,” she said.