Pres. Duterte urges Filipinos to take stand vs corruption, criminality, illegal drugs, terrorism in Bonifacio Day message

(Eagle News) — President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday, Nov. 30, joined Filipinos in commemorating the 156th birth anniversary of Philippine revolutionary hero Andres Bonifacio as he challenged Filipinos to take a stand against corruption, criminality, terrorism and illegal drugs.

In his Bonifacio Day message, the President said that this day is an “auspicious occasion to reflect” on Bonifacio’s legacy of “awakening the Filipino consciousness to fight for our freedom and build an entire nation.”

He said that Bonifacio, the father of Philippine Revolution, has taught the Filipino people to “embody patriotism and take a stand against our oppressors.”

It can be as simple as citizens fulfilling civic duties, he said.

President Duterte said that Filipinos can still bring the nation to “greater heights.”

“Up to this day, we are challenged to continue his revolution as we liberate ourselves from corruption, criminality, terrorism, illegal drugs and other social ills that continue to plague our society,” he said.

The President said that Bonifacio’s great sacrifice, his courage and selflessness had been instrumental for the country to achieve independence.

“I urge everyone to emulate his love for country in our endeavors as we bring to life the strong and progressive that he had envisioned for us all,” he said.

Mabuhay si Gat Andres Bonifacio at ang ating Inang Bayan!” he added.