MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte finds it “disquieting” that Monday’s Araw ng Kagitingan celebration comes at a time when the freedoms fought for by the veterans of Bataan are “imperiled.”
Without naming names, Duterte in his Day of Valor message claims that “forces who wish to see a weak and submissive Philippines” continue to disrespect the institutions and laws.
“It is this disquieting that our commemoration of this historic occasion comes at a time when the very freedoms that the heroes of Bataan fought for are once again imperiled,” he said.
“Forces who wish to see a weak and submissive Philippines continue in their unbridled disrespect for the institutions and laws that embody our aspirations as a people,” he added.
The Philippines is observing the 76th Araw ng Kagitingan on Monday to remember Filipino and American soldiers who fought side by side in Bataan during World War II.
Duterte wishes the spirit of Bataan will inspire Filipinos to continue to defend the country against any threats to sovereignty and independence.
“Let the spirit of Bataan inspire us to resist any affront to our dignity and inviolable rights as a free, sovereign and independent nation,” Duterte said.