President Duterte asks
Filipinos to be responsible as country marks 119th Independence Day
MANILA, June 12 -- President Rodrigo Duterte joined the nation on
Monday, June 12, in celebrating the country's 119th anniversary of its
independence calling on Filipinos to become responsible citizens.
"I join the entire Filipino nation in celebrating the 119th anniversary of
the Proclamation of Philippine Independence," President Duterte said in a
The President paid tribute to thousands of Filipinos who perished fighting
for freedom more than a century ago, which he described as "long and
He said the country's long journey to freedom was achieved through the
Filipinos' blood, sweat and the ultimate act of selfless sacrifice.
"Despite the insurmountable hardships, the patriotism and undaunted spirit
of the Filipino led to our triumph against the shackles of slavery and
abuse," he said.
"On that day, we showed our colonizers and the rest of the world what
Filipinos are made of," he added.
In celebrating the 119th anniversary of Philippine independence carrying
this year's theme “Kalayaan 2017:Pababagong Sama-samang Balikatin”, the
Chief Executive encouraged Filipinos to take inspiration from the country's
forebears "who valiantly fought and offered their lives so that we may have
the liberties that we enjoy today."
"Let us pay homage to their heroism by preserving our sovereignty and
performing our own civic rights and responsibilities," he said.
"After all, it is our inherent duty as citizens to ensure that the
Philippines fulfills its destiny as a great and prosperous nation," he
Simultaneous activities were conducted in various provinces in the country
to commemorate the nation's Independence Day.
Flag-raising and wreath-laying ceremonies were held at Rizal Park attended
by Vice President Leni Robredo and Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter
Cayetano and other government officials. (PND)