Preserve gift of liberty, Duterte tells Pinoys
By Prince Golez
President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday enjoined the Filipino people to safeguard the country’s independence.
“Let us all work together so we may preserve this gift of liberty that all our children deserve to inherit,” said Duterte in a speech during the 121st anniversary of the proclamation of Philippine independence in Lanao del Sur.
The President also thanked the Filipino forefathers who fought for our freedom and independence.
“Let us honor them by keeping in mind that the freedom that they won back then – the same freedom that we continue to enjoy today – is only as strong as our determination to [remain] free from any form of subjugation or oppression,” he added
Despite Filipinos having gained their independence from foreign power, Duterte said the Philippines is still plagued with many social issues.
“And while the noble heroes of our past faced the might of colonial powers, this time, we face the modern problems of poverty, corruption, environmental degradation, terrorism, criminality and illegal drugs,” according to him.
“These threats, just like the threats our nation faced centuries ago, have infringed on our inalienable right to live peaceful, safe, comfortable, and meaningful lives. We are at a crucial juncture in our nation’s history, and we need to learn from the lessons of our past if we are to [ensure] that these threats do not cause any more harm to the present and future generations of Filipinos,” the President concluded.