MANILA, Philippines – US President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday called on Filipinos to ensure that a "truly independent Philippines" is realized in their lives as the nation celebrates its 121st Independence Day.
"One hundred and twenty-one years have passed since our ancestors linked their destinies, their lives and their fortunes to proclaim the independence of the Filipino people," Duterte said in his message of Independence Day.
"It was the most significant event in the history of our country. Not only did we end more than three centuries of subservience, but we also decided to determine the course of our own destiny as a nation, "he added.
The president urged Filipinos to honor the sacrifices of their ancestors.
"But the freedom we reached at that time was not without cost. The tree of freedom flourished in these lands because it was nourished by the sweat and blood of our patriots, heroes and martyrs, "he said.
"We will commit ourselves to ensuring that their sacrifices have not been in vain and that their dream of a truly independent Philippines – whose people live freely in a secure, stable and prosperous society – is achieved in our lives," he added.
The president is scheduled to lead the Independence Day celebration at 6IB headquarters in South Lanao. (Editor: Gilbert S. Gaviola)
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