“Work on truly independent country,” says PPRD in his Independence Day message
MANILA, Philippines– President Rodrigo Duterte has urged Filipino people for commitment to achieving “truly independent Philippines” in his annual Independence Day message.
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“Let us commit ourselves to ensure that their (forefathers) sacrifices have not been in vain and that their dream of a truly independent Philippines – whose people live freely in a secure, stable and prosperous society – will be achieved within our lifetimes,” he said in a statement released early Wednesday.
The president recalled that “a hundred and twenty-one years have passed since our forefathers bound their fates, their lives, and their fortunes to proclaim the independence of the Filipino people.”
“It was the most significant event in our country’s history. Not only did we put an end to more than three centuries of subservience but we also resolved to determine the course of our own destiny as a nation,” he noted.
Duterte also emphasizes the martyrdom of our forefathers to obtain freedom.
“But the freedom we achieved back then was not without cost,” he said.
“The tree of liberty blossomed on these lands because it was nourished by the sweat and blood of our patriots, heroes, and martyrs,” President Duterte added.
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