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Duterte calls for a ‘truly independent Philippines’, emphasizes value of freedom

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By Prince Golez

In his Independence Day message, President Rodrigo Duterte urged Filipinos to ensure our heroes’ sacrifice would not be for naught.

“[T]he freedom we achieved back then was not without cost. The tree of liberty blossomed on these lands because it was nourished by the sweat and blood of our patriots, heroes and martyrs,” said Duterte in a statement released on Wednesday.

The President is expected to lead the 121st anniversary of Philippine Independence in Malabang, Lanao del Sur this afternoon.

“Let us commit ourselves to ensure that their 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 added.

The President also reminded the public what our forefathers had suffered and achieved in pushing for independence.

“A hundred and twenty-one years has passed since our forefathers bound their fates, their lives and their fortunes to proclaim the independence of the Filipino people,” said Duterte.

“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.”

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