Heroes paved way for nation to enjoy freedom — Duterte

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte paid homage to the country’s heroes on the eve of National Heroes’ Day on Sunday.

“Today, we pay homage to the men and women who helped lay the foundations of this nation,” Duterte said in his message released on Sunday.

“Their courage, leadership and wisdom paved the way for us to enjoy the blessings of freedom, independence and democracy.”

Homage to heroes. Relatives of fallen soldiers light  candles and offer prayers for their departed kin on the eve of National Heroes’ Day  at the Libingan ng mga Bayani in  Taguig city.  Ey Acasio

Duterte said the heroes dedicated their lives to ensure that future generations would have a full and comfortable life.

“We are forever grateful for their noble deeds and sacrifice. Let us honor them by upholding the rule of law, protecting our nation and fostering goodwill among ourselves,” Duterte said. 

“We will harness the same virtues as we continue to fight against lawlessness, criminality and poverty that hinder us from achieving our full potential.

“As we commemorate the life and works of our national heroes, we must continue to embrace their ways in our daily  undertakings. Let us emulate their example as we continue to realize our ideals and aspirations for ourselves and for our country.”

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