Independence Day Message: DFA Sec. Locsin calls for unity


BANGKOK, Thailand – Secretary of Foreign Affairs Teodoro Locsin, Jr. is calling on the overseas Filipino workers to continue to join forces for our families, communities and nation’s advancement as the country celebrates Philippine Independence Day 2019.

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“It is my hope that we – those in the foreign service, overseas Filipinos, and each Filipinos for that matter – will all continue to work together, with courage and compassion, to overcome our struggles, in order to uplift our families, to secure and better our communities, and to unite for the progress of our country,” he said in his message.

Addressing the Filipinos from the different parts of the world, the secretary underscores President Rodrigo Duterte’s campaign slogan “Tapang at Malasakit”.

“These are the values of daily life the President has writ large in his governance to serve our countrymen, whatever their station in life may be, and wherever they may be in the world,” he mentioned.

“These are also the values that sustain the resolve of the Government to beat corruption, criminality, illegal drugs, and other social ills,” and “they are the manifest in the political stability and economic progress that we doubtless enjoy today,” he added.

Highlighting the services that his department provides, Locsin says that ” courage and compassion are also what our dedicated personnel of the Philippines foreign service demonstrates, when we vigorously pursue our independent foreign policy, when we work with other nations to benefit our country and the world, when we protect the dignity of our motherland in the international community, and when we unselfishly help our fellow Filipinos in distress.”

“Courage is not the absence of fear, but to act in spite of such fear,” the secretary said pointing out that the foreign service has faced multiple complications “but we push and strive, as with the President and the whole Government, to serve our people will all our might and compassion.”

This year’s celebration is the 121st anniversary of the proclamation of the Philippine Independence

The full text of the Secretary’s message can be found on the Philippine Embassy in Bangkok website.

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