Wednesday, 13 April 2011 11:53
President Benigno Aquino III told Filipinos to learn from World War II veterans, especially from their wisdom and bravery to defeat the country’s biggest hurdles: corruption and poverty.
“Our generation has a lot to learn from our veterans. We would do well to emulate the spirit of service that they exhibited, especially now that we are facing new foes: corruption and poverty,” the President said in his address at the 69th commemoration of Araw ng Kagitingan (Day of Valor) in Pilar, Bataan on Saturday.
“Our triumph in this new battle is hinged on whether or not we can display the same bravery our heroes displayed back then. To all of our people: the strength of this country is in our hands.”
While the country still has a long way to go, the President said his administration will remain sincere in finding solutions to the problems that it inherited from the previous administration.
He reiterated that he remains the peoples’ servant encouraging them to continue helping each other to overcome adversities.
“Wala pong magbabago: Kayo pa rin ang Boss ko! Hiling ko lang po na manatili tayong nagtutulungan at nagdadamayan. Abot-tanaw na natin ang liwanag na gabay natin tungo sa katuparan ng atin pong mga mithiin,” the President said.
The Chief Executive also acknowledged the importance of continuously strengthening ties with the Philippines’ closest allies: the United States and Japan, noting that without the two giant powers, the country would not be more stable today.
Japan has been the Philippine partner towards economic progress, providing the country with the needed technology to cope with calamity, while the U.S., the President said, has shared a long history of cooperation and mutual defense.
“Time has proven that we can count on allies like them, and I am confident that they will stand by us should there be a threat again to our security and sovereignty, and that they support the path that we have taken towards transparency and progress,” he said.
President Aquino, who led the commemoration, was joined by U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Harry Thomas Jr. and Japanese Ambassador Makoto Katsura. Upon his arrival, the Army accorded the President full military honors with a 21-gun salute.
Aside from Thomas and Katsura, Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, Armed Forces chief of staff Lt. Gen. Eduardo Oban and Philippine Veterans Affairs Office administrator Gen. Ernesto Carolina were also present during the event.
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