President Aquino, emphasizes significance of promoting peace during National Day of Valor Commemoration

admin   •   April 10, 2015   •   5150

President Benigno S. Aquino III leads the 73rd Commemoration of the Araw ng Kagitingan (Day of Valor) at the Dambana ng Kagitingan, Mt. Samat Shrine in Pilar, Bataan on Thursday (April 09). This year’s theme is “Ipunla and Kagitingan sa Kabataan, Ihanda ang Beterano ng Kinabukasan.” Also in photo are US Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg and Japan Ambassador to the Philippines Kazuhide Ishikawa. (Photo by Benhur Arcayan / Malacañang Photo Bureau)

BATAAN, Philippines — Nobody wins in war.

This is the main message of President Aquino during the celebration of National Heroes Day in Mount Samat, Pilar, Bataan.

According to the president, the events during World War 2 severely impacted the livelihood of Filipinos.  After the war, the country wanted to promote peace.

“The world is making its stand. The tragedies before should not happen again, especially when no one is really winning in any war,” said the president.

President Aquino explained Japan and Germany who were enemies during the war, are now advocates of promoting development in other nations.

The president also emphasized the importance of promoting peace in Mindanao.

Aquino said, “It is clear. Progress is impossible when there is faction. Violence will result in greater miseries and misunderstandings. While unity will result in progress. This lesson pushes me more to give solid support for lasting peace in Mindanao and for the Bangsamoro Basic Law.”

The president called for the public to support the administration’s steps to prevent bigger troubles the country might experience.

‘We will not let this happen to next generation. However, hard this may be, we will push for peace. Because this is the way to achieve justice for all.”

In the end, the president’s message to all: it is the duty of this generation to maintain peace in the country that each individual must fulfill. (NEL MARIBOJOC / UNTV News)

Defense chief tells Filipinos: Be a hero by helping gov’t fight COVID-19 pandemic

Robie de Guzman   •   August 30, 2021

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.

Duterte honors COVID-19 frontline workers as PH marks Heroes day

Robie de Guzman   •   August 30, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte paid tribute to frontline workers amid the COVID-19 pandemic as the country marks National Heroes Day.

In a message, Duterte called the frontliners modern heroes who continue to answer the call to fight and bravely lead the country’s raging battle against the pandemic.

The new breed of heroes, he said, includes health workers, uniformed personnel, government employees, and frontliners in essential industries.

“Their names will not be etched on any edifice, statues will not be erected in their honor, banknotes will not be graced by their portraits, and their individual exploits will not be immortalized on the pages of history books,” he said.

“Yet, for selflessly risking their lives to ensure the survival of our society, I can confidently say they have more than earned their rightful place in the pedestal of heroes,” he added.

He urged the public to “consecrate this day not just as a memorial to their extraordinary heroism, but as an enduring testament to our inherent capacity to rise above self-interest to fight for a cause far greater than our own.”

Earlier in the day, the president attended the commemoration of National Heroes Day in Taguig City where he also paid tribute to the sacrifices of those who fought for the country’s freedom and democracy.

PH Supreme Court orders flags in courthouses at half-mast to honor Aquino

Robie de Guzman   •   June 24, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Supreme Court (SC) on Thursday ordered courthouses across the country to lower all flags at half-staff to honor the late former President Benigno Aquino III.

“The Supreme Court of the Philippines orders all flags in courthouses nationwide be flown at half-mast beginning today in view of the passing of former President Benigno Simeon Aquino III,” the SC Public Information Office said.

Three of the 14 incumbent SC justices – Estela Perlas Bernabe, Marvic Leonen, and Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa – were appointed by Aquino when he served as the country’s president from 2010 to 2016.

Aquino passed away Thursday morning at the age of 61.

His family said Aquino died “peacefully in his sleep” at 6:30 a.m. from renal disease secondary to diabetes.

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