MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte urged Filipinos on Tuesday to remain steadfast in protecting Philippine sovereignty as the country marks Araw ng Kagitingan (Day of Valor).
Duterte, in his Day of Valor message, said he hopes that the freedoms fought for by war veterans would inspire the people to protect the rights enjoyed by modern-day Filipinos.
“...it is my hope that we will all be inspired to remain steadfast like our forefathers and their allies in upholding our sovereignty and in protecting the rights and freedoms that our people enjoy today,” the President said.
The Philippines on Tuesday marks the 77th Araw ng Kagitingan to honor Filipino and American soldiers who fought side by side in Bataan during World War II.
“Today, we remember the heroism of the brave Filipino and American soldiers who stood side by side in the mountains and jungles of Bataan in defense of our liberty and democracy,” Duterte said.
Duterte is expected to commemorate Araw ng Kagitingan in southern Philippines on Tuesday afternoon.
Last year, the President also skipped commemoration rites at Bataan.
Aside from the war veterans, Duterte added that the Philippines will “forever remember and honor” civilians who fought alongside Filipino and American troops during World War II.
“We may not be able to memorialize all of them, but we will forever remember and honor their epic struggle and unshakeable fortitude,” he said.