President Duterte on Monday appealed to the nation to honor the ordinary Filipinos who have improved the lives of their families and contributed to the improvement of their communities through their courage and sacrifices.
Mr. Duterte led the celebration of National Heroes Day at Libingan ng mga Bayani in the town of Taguig and urged the nation to follow the example of these Filipinos.
"Let's honor the ordinary Filipinos who, despite the challenges that come their way, continue to work for the welfare of their families, the improvement of their communities and the progress of our nation," said Mr. Duterte.
These everyday heroes must be followed by the youth of the country, the president said.
Mr. Duterte made the remarks after leading the ceremony of laying the wreath at the grave of the unknown soldier in the heroes' cemetery on Monday morning.
In a message released by Malacañang, the president appealed to Filipinos to mimic the heroes of the country, especially their unselfishness, patriotism and prowess.
"At a time when our unity as a people is constantly being tested, we draw inspiration from their triumphs and struggles as we overcome the ills that afflict our society and support the empowerment of the poor, the marginalized and oppressed," he said. .
In his speech on Monday, he praised the heroism of countless Filipinos who had "insurmountable expectations" in defending the Philippines and its values.
"We are here today, not only to remember their sacrifices and to remember their heroic deeds, but more importantly, to imitate their unselfishness and live their example as we continue our daily lives," he said. .
& # 39; Worthy heirs & # 39;
The president stressed the importance of becoming "worthy heirs" of the legacy of the country's heroes, so that the current generation can leave a country that would be proud of next generations.
As with last year's celebration, Mr. Duterte paid tribute to the government troops who fought in the five-month battle for Marawi against local terrorists loyal to the jihadist group of the Islamic State in the Middle East.
He persuaded the soldiers of the country who sacrificed their lives sacrificing to defeat communist insurgents, Islamic separatists and other threats to our sovereignty, especially those who participated in the successful liberation of Marawi from the grip of terrorism. and extremism. & # 39;
In his own National Heroes & # 39; Day message, Interior Minister Eduardo Año appealed to local authorities and private employers to provide jobs for those at the expense of soldiers and police officers killed during the service.
"It is the least we can do in honor of our fallen heroes who have sacrificed their own lives for our cause," Año said.
The Ministry of the Interior and Local Government is the leading agency in the Comprehensive Social Benefits Program, which is borne by fallen soldiers and policemen.
From July 31, the program has had 595 people, of whom 343 went to work.
Of the 343, 277 were hired by local authorities.
The remainder are unemployed or follow training through programs of the Technical Education and the Authority for the development of skills.
The interior department has asked mayors to support them with employers in their municipality.
At the cemetery of the heroes, the president also mentioned volunteers who had spent their time and resources to rebuild the war-torn city and restore its former glory.
Mr. Duterte also recognized the Philippine national police and its intense campaign against crime and illegal drugs, and for keeping the country safer, a condition conducive to economic growth.
The Chief of Police, Director-General Oscar Albayalde, has his own National Heroes' Day message to the public, in which he said that for the PNP, heroism meant maintaining democracy, sovereignty and the rule of law.
National Heroes & Day is a & # 39; suitable time to confirm our professional dedication to uphold the rule of law as servants and protectors of the people & # 39 ;, said Albayalde.
In his speech, Mr. Duterte also teachers, who "have made it possible for our youth to learn and understand what it takes to become heroes themselves by contributing to our efforts in nation-building."
The president also quoted migrant Filipino workers for their sacrifices and hardships, so that their families worked in other countries and improved their lives, and contributed to national development through their remittances.
"We honor not only those heroes whose statues stand proudly along corridors and plinths, or whose portraits are embedded in our currency and history books.We instead honor our nameless heroes who have made a huge difference in lives in their own small ways. of those who have touched them, "he added. –WITH A REPORT BY JAYMEE T. GAMIL
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