THIS year’s commemoration of the Araw ng Kagitingan is for the people at the frontline of the country’s war against the global pandemic, says President Rodrigo Duterte in his message.
Duterte said that the valiant effort of the frontliners amid the pandemic is paramount to the courage of the Filipino soldiers who fought for the country’s freedom.
“As we continue to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic, we take a moment to honor the fortitude displayed by our selfless and dedicated frontliners whose unrelenting commitment in this fight reflects the heroism of the warriors of Bataan that continues to inspire in us a greater sense of patriotism and solidarity during these trying times,” the President said in his message.
“The valor of our forebears, which was exhibited during the defense of Bataan almost eight decades ago, has left an indelible mark in our history and shaped our indomitable spirit to rise after every fall,” he added.
Amid an incursion of China as the West Philippine Sea, Duterte said that the Araw ng Kagitingan should somehow reawaken Filipino patriotism against colonizers.
“May this awareness resonate among us as we strive to become worthy heirs to the nation that they fought and bled for,” he quipped.