Senator Francis Pangilinan on Tuesday expressed hope that the Philippines’ 121st Independence Day would serve as a reminder to Filipinos that the ways of freedom are “never easy.”
The opposition senator made the remark on the eve of the celebration of the Philippine Independence Day.
“Independence Day sums up what our patriotic forefathers and foremothers gave us through their struggles — hope and freedom,” Pangilinan said in a statement.
However, he deplored that Filipinos “continue to be faced with external and internal challenges that erode our people’s hopes and threaten their freedom.”
“For how can we be independent when our people are hungry for food, jobs, and justice?” Pangilinan asked.
“Each day, we are always called upon to take action and keep guard to fight for and protect our territory, decent employment, equitable opportunities, and right to truth,” he said.
He added, “It is upon us to nurture the struggles of our heroes who lit the fire toward an independent nation.”
“We should plant, plant, plant — food, trees, and seeds of love of country for the survival of our people, our future, and our planet,” Pangilinan said.