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National Heroes Day message

Duterte to Filipinos: Be everyday heroes to people in need

/ 07:31 AM August 26, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte in his  National Heroes Day message on Monday urged Filipinos to become “everyday heroes” and help those who are in need.

The President said Filipinos can recognize the heroism of our forebears “not only by erecting statues in their honor, but by uplifting the welfare of the poor and marginalized for it is through our small deeds that their spirit of valor can live on.”

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“Let us make our forebears proud of our triumphs as a people by being everyday heroes who will reach out to those who are in need especially to the ones who have been neglected by society,” Duterte said.

The President also asked Filipinos to “embody solidarity and sustain our momentum towards positive change not only for ourselves but for the succeeding generations as well.”

Duterte further urged Filipinos to reflect on our history and “honor the brave souls who courageously fought for our freedom and the democratic ideals upon which our nation was founded.”

“Their collective sacrifice has made it possible for us to enjoy the blessings of liberty and to continue strengthening this great nation that they have left behind,” he said.

Duterte is expected to lead the National Heroes Day rites at the Libingan ng mga Bayani in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City on Monday morning.

National Heroes Day was initially celebrated on Nov. 30, the birth anniversary of Andres Bonifacio, but was moved to the fourth Monday of August to mark the Cry of Balintawak. /gsg

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