MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines’ Department of National Defense (DND) chief on Monday called on Filipinos to become heroes by adhering to the health protocols to combat the COVID-19 pandemic as the nation commemorates the National Heroes day.
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said that by strictly observing health protocols, Filipinos can protect themselves and the community against coronavirus and help win the fight through cooperation with authorities.
“Tunay ngang bawat isa sa atin ay maaaring maging bayani na mangangalaga at magtatanggol sa ating mga kapwa Pilipino. Sa pagsunod sa mga panuntunang pangkalusugan at pagsuporta sa mga programa gaya ng pagbabakuna, mapapangalagaan natin hindi lamang ang ating sarili kung hindi pati na rin ang ating komunidad,” Lorenzana said in a statement.
The defense chief also honored heroes of our history who offered their lives and sacrificed for the country.
“Despite the odds, our forebears fought side-by-side against the Spaniards, the Americans, and the Japanese to defend our nation,” he said
“More recently, we have witnessed heroism amongst our troops in protecting Zamboanga and Marawi against those who threatened to destroy our institutions and way of life,” he added.
Lorenzana urged the public to take inspiration from the legacy and bravery of Filipino heroes who fought for the country’s freedom and democracy.
“Today, we take inspiration from their legacy and heroism as we battle a new and dangerous invader, the COVID-19 virus. The challenges we currently face call upon all of us to become heroes ourselves,” he said.
“Gaya ng mga bayaning nagdaan, mapagtatagumpayan lamang natin ang ating laban kung tayo ay magtutulungan at magkakaisa. Sa gitna ng pagsubok na dulot ng pandemya, nawa’y maging inspirasyon natin ang mga bayani noon at ngayon upang gampanan natin ang ating tungkulin at magkaisa para sa kapakanan ng ating bayan,” he added.