President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on Friday recognized the sacrifices of the country’s COVID-19 pandemic frontliners as the nation commemorates the 79th Araw ng Kagitingan.
This year’s commemoration “is a firm reminder of the unyielding determination of the Filipino to prevail over all forms of adversity,” the President said in his message.
“As we continue to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic, we take a moment to honor the fortitude displayed by our selfless and dedicated frontliners whose unrelenting commitment in this fight reflects the heroism of the warriors of Bataan that continues to inspire in us a greater sense of patriotism and solidarity during these trying times,” he said.
In honoring the country’s fallen soldiers, President Duterte said their sacrifice “became the bedrock of our resolve to uphold our most cherished liberties.”
“May this awareness resonate among us as we strive to become worthy heirs to the nation that they fought and bled for,” he added.
The Araw ng Kagitingan (Day of Valor) commemorates the fall of Bataan during World War II, honoring Filipino and American soldiers who fought shoulder to shoulder defending their last stand.
This year’s commemoration has for its theme, “Kagitingan ay Gawing Gabay, Pandemya ay Mapagtatagumpayan.” PND