Romualdez on Independence Day: Set aside politics, work together in nation-building
MANILA, Philippines — It is now high time to work together and set aside politics in building the nation, said House Majority Leader and Leyte 1st District Rep. Martin Romualdez on Sunday as the country celebrated its 124th Independence Day.
“My dear brothers and sisters, it is time now to set aside politics. Tapos na ang eleksiyon (the elections are over), a new set of leaders are set to assume [office] on July 1. We need your support for our leaders, let us work with them, if we want the Filipino nation to rise again,” said Romualdez during the Independence Day rites in Kawit, Cavite.
“Mga kababayan, harapin po natin ang hamon ng kabayanihan. (Compatriots, let us face the challenge of heroism.) Let us face these challenges with heads up high and with strong conviction to secure our victory. Be heroes in our own little way. Each one of us has a great role to play in making this nation great again,” he added.
He then urged the public to “bear arms” not against invaders but to “heed the call of unity” by President-elect Ferdinand Marcos Jr.
Romualdez also led the wreath-laying ceremony at the tomb of General Emilio Aguinaldo, where he also honored the heroism of Filipinos who gave their lives for freedom.
“As we celebrate the birth of our nation today (Sunday), we also pay tribute to the heroism of our fellowmen who shed blood to secure the freedom that we enjoy at the moment. Dahil sa kanilang kabayanihan, payapa nating nakakasama ang ating mga pamilya at mahal sa buhay (because of their heroism, we are able to spend peace with our families and loved ones). We continue to enjoy the fruits of our labor, and we remain at peace with our neighbors,” Romualdez said.
“Let us carry on in honoring the memory of our heroes by doing our part in the heavy task of nation-building. Huwag po nating sayangin ang kanilang nagawa (let us not waste what they’ve done). Let us all protect the gains of independence by working hard to move our country forward,” Romualdez added.
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