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Duterte urges Pinoys to keep nationalism alive as fight vs. drugs, corruption continues

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President Rodrigo Duterte urged Filipinos Monday (December 30) to stay nationalistic amid the challenges the country continues to face.

In a statement on Rizal Day, Duterte expressed hope that the youth will emulate Rizal’s example.

“May the freedom we now enjoy as a people be cherished, be further fortified and be kept thriving though the solidarity we show in combatting the ills of illegal drugs, corruption and criminality,” he said.

Duterte called on Filipinos to keep the spirit of nationalism alive “as we courageously face the challenges of apathy and divisiveness.”

The President led the commemoration of the 123rd anniversary of Rizal’s martyrdom at Rizal Park in Davao City.

He was accompanied by his daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, and Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff General Noel Clement.

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