Defend national sovereignty, Duterte exhorts Filipinos

April 09, 2019
Rodrigo R. Duterte

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte urged Filipinos to remain steadfast in upholding the country’s sovereignty in his Araw ng Kagitingan (Day of Valor) message yesterday.

Duterte, who chose to commemorate this historic day in Jolo, Sulu, hailed the heroism of Filipino and American fighters during the war.

“Today, we remember the heroism of the brave Filipino and American soldiers who stood side by side in the mountains and jungles of Bataan in defense of our liberty and democracy,” he said.

“We also remember the countless civilians who aided our forces so they could offer a valiant defense against the overwhelming force of the enemy. We may not be able to memorialize all of them, but we will forever remember and honor their epic struggle and unshakeable fortitude,” he added.

The President then urged the public to always remain committed to protecting the rights and freedom Filipinos enjoy today.

“As we hold this solemn observance, it is my hope that we will all be inspired to remain steadfast like our forefathers and their allies in upholding our sovereignty and in protecting the rights and freedoms that our people enjoy today,” he said. “May we all have a meaningful celebration.”

In 2018, Duterte skipped the annual Day of Valor ceremony at the Mount Samat in Bataan as he attended a business forum in China.