KAWIT, Cavite – Rains could not dampen the patriotic fervor of Filipinos as they, led by President Rodrigo Duterte, celebrated the Philippines’ 120th Independence Day (ID) in this historic town and elsewhere in the country.
Vice President Leni Robredo led the ID rites before the statue of National Hero Dr. Jose Rizal at the Luneta in Manila, while House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez led the flag-raising ceremony and the release of the doves of peace in Tagum.
“Inspired by the sacrifices of those who have bravely stood before us, may we also find the courage to defend our cherished democratic ideals now and in the years to come,” President Duterte said in his message.
Duterte said that without the sacrifices of Filipino heroes in fighting colonizers, the present generation would not be able to enjoy the democratic space.
“This historic day forms the foundation of the liberties we enjoy today. Through the patriotic fervor shown by our forefathers, we have freed ourselves from colonial subjugation and proved to the world that we stand united as the pioneer of republican democracy in Asia,” he added.
Duterte rallied all Filipinos in fighting all the ills of society, like corruption, illegal drugs and criminality.
“May the solidarity and heroism exhibited by our ancestors fuel our desire to spur meaningful and lasting change in our communities as we collectively battle the social ills of corruption, illegal drugs, and criminality that impede our progress as a nation,” Duterte said.
The President said that Filipinos in all social strata must strive hard to make a better for future for them and the future generation.