(Eagle News)–President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday, June 12, urged Filipinos to “commit” to ensure that the “dream” of the country’s forefathers of a “truly independent Philippines” will be achieved in our lifetime.
In his Independence Day message, the President said a “truly independent Philippines” was one where people “live freely in a secure, stable and prosperous society.”
“Let us commit ourselves to ensure that their sacrifices have not been in vain..,” he said.
He noted that 121 years passed since “our forefathers bound their fates, their lives and their fortunes to proclaim the independence of the Filipino people.”
He said this was “the most significant event in our country’s history.”
“Not only did we put an end to more than three centuries of subservience, but we also resolved to determine the course of our own destiny as a nation,” he said.
He said the freedom “we achieved back then was not without a cost.”
“The tree of liberty blossomed on these lands because it was nourished by the sweat and blood of our patriots, heroes and martyrs,” he said.
“I am one with the Filipino people in commemorating the anniversary of the proclamation of Philippine Independence..May we have a solemn and meaningful observance,” he added.