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On Independence Day message: President Duterte says Filipinos must be heroes in their own right to overcome pandemic

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte joined the entire Filipino nation Saturday in celebrating the 123rd anniversary of Philippine Independence, hoping the patriotism of heroes of the past will inspire the current generation of Filipinos to overcome present-day challenges such as the coronavirus pandemic.

In his message, President Duterte said the challenges of the past year have tested the nation’s character.

“Each of us has been called upon to be heroes in our own right — in fighting for our survival and in devoting ourselves to the common good, just as our heroes did more than a century ago,” he said.

“With their noble example inspiring us, we look forward to a brighter future filled with hope that we will overcome the challenges brought by this pandemic. May the patriotic fervor continue to burn in our hearts,” he added.

During the anniversary celebration, simultaneous flag raising and wreath-laying rites were scheduled to be conducted Saturday in Manila, Cavite, San Juan City, Bulacan, Caloocan City, Pampanga, Cebu, and Davao City.

This year’s Philippine independence celebration has for its theme: “Kalayaan 2021: Diwa ng Kalayaan sa Pagkakaisa at Paghilom ng Bayan”. PND