Duterte asks Filipinos to ‘take heart all learnings from the past’ ahead of 124th Independence Day
MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday called on Filipinos to “take heart all the learnings from the past” as the country is set to commemorate its 124th Independence Day on June 12.
He delivered this message during the Federation of Filipino Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry Inc.’s celebration of Independence Day and Philippines-China Friendship Day.
“This occasion is a testament to how our forefathers fought for the freedoms that we enjoy today. May it inspire us to take after the courage of our heroes as well as encourage us to use our ability, skills, and knowledge for the benefit of our community,” said the outgoing top leader of the nation.
“Take heart all the learnings from the past, especially the countless hardships that we had to endure as a people,” he added.
He also urged Filipinos to “work together” for a “more harmonious and progressive Philippines.”
“Let our rich histories move to translate our love for this country into real acts of goodwill for all our fellow men. May we have a meaningful commemoration,” Duterte said.
This is the last Independence Day celebration of Duterte as the country’s President as his term ends by noon on June 30.