Duterte wishes for ‘truly independent’ Philippines

Robie de Guzman   •   June 12, 2019   •   1740

As the country marks its 121st Independence Day, President Rodrigo Duterte called on Filipinos to honor the sacrifices of the nation’s heroes by realizing their dream of a truly independent Philippines.

“A hundred and twenty-one years has passed since our forefathers bound their fates, their lives and their fortunes to proclaim the independence of the Filipino people,” Duterte said in his message on Wednesday, June 12.

He said the proclamation marking the Philippines’ liberation from the Spanish Colonial rule was the “most significant event in our country’s history.”

“Not only did we put an end to more than three centuries of subservience but we also resolved to determine the course of our own destiny as a nation,” he said.

The President reminded Filipinos that the country’s freedom was achieved “not without cost.”

“The tree of liberty blossomed on these lands because it was nourished by the sweat and blood of our patriots, heroes and martyrs,” he said.

“Let us commit ourselves to ensure that their sacrifices have not been in vain and that their dream of a truly independent Philippines – whose people live freely in a secure, stable and prosperous society – will be achieved within our lifetimes,” the chief executive added.

Duterte is set to attend the Independence Day celebration at the 6th Infantry Battalion Headquarters in Lanao del Sur later Wednesday.

When asked why Duterte chose this venue to commemorate the Independence Day, Malacañang said, the president has his own special reason in leading the rites in Lanao del Sur.

In 2018, Duterte led the Independence Day rites in Kawit, Cavite where a small group of anti-Duterte slipped into the crowd and caused a momentary distraction during his speech at the balcony of the house of former President Emilio Aguinaldo. (with details from Rosalie Coz)

Duterte tells Filipinos to move forward with courage, hope on Independence Day amid COVID-19 battle

Robie de Guzman   •   June 12, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday called on the Filipino people to “move forward with courage, hope, and optimism,” as the country and the rest of the world battle with the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

In his message for the country’s 122nd Independence Day commemoration, Duterte urged Filipinos to show the same gallantry exercised by the nation’s forefathers.

“As we wage a united battle against COVID-19, we now have the opportunity to demonstrate that we possess the same gallantry of spirit and nobility of character as the heroes of our past,” Duterte said.

“Let us now move forward with courage, hope and optimism as we overcome this pandemic,” he added.

Duterte skipped the Independence Day rites at the Rizal Park in Manila on Friday. He is currently staying in his hometown in Davao City.

“I join all Filipinos in celebrating the 122nd anniversary of the Proclamation of Philippine Independence. One hundred and twenty-two years ago, our forefathers proudly proclaimed the birth of the Filipino nation,” he said.

“Today we honor them for their bravery, heroism and sacrifice as well as we thank them for the gifts of democracy and freedom,” he added.

Several groups have scheduled to hold online and street rallies on Friday despite prohibition on mass gathering as the country continues to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Police authorities have earlier appealed to the public not to mount any huge protest actions, citing possible health risks amid the coronavirus crisis.

Mga lalahok sa Independence Day rites sa Maynila, limitado lang sa 10 – IATF

Robie de Guzman   •   June 9, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Papayagan ng Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) ang mga pagtitipon para sa paggunita sa Araw ng Kasarinlan o Independence Day ng Pilipinas na gaganapin sa Rizal Park sa Maynila sa Hunyo 12.

Ngunit ayon sa IATF, limitado lamang sa sampu ang bilang ng mga maaaring lumahok sa pagtitipon dahil ipinagbabawal pa rin ang mass gathering sa ilalim ng community quarantine.

Sa Hunyo 12, gugunitain ng bansa ang ika-122 anibersaryo ng kasarinlan nito.

Hindi naman tiyak kung dadalo si Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte sa Independence Day rites sa Maynila.

Nanawagan ang Malacañang na online protest na lamang ang gawin ng mga militanteng grupo kung balak nilang magdaos ng piket kontra sa pagpasa ng anti-terror bill upang maiwasan ang paglabag sa quarantine protocols. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Rosalie Coz)

Palace: No decision yet on extension of Luzon-wide ECQ

Marje Pelayo   •   April 21, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has yet to decide on whether to continue or modify the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine which will lapse on April 30.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said despite Monday’s discussions with health experts, congressional leaders and members of the Cabinet on the current state of the country in light of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, the President did not give any final decision on the matter.

Roque said none of them recommended a total lockdown nor total lifting of the ECQ.

Ang opsyon na lumabas kahapon, ipagpatuloy o hindi naman kaya i-relax, hindi naman kaya completely itigil ang ECQ sa iba’t ibang lugar ng bansa. Depende sa dami ng kaso ng COVID-19,” explained Roque.

[Among the options that were raised yesterday were either to continue, to relax or to completely lift ECQ in different parts of the country. It will depend on the number of COVID-19 cases.]

Among the personalities who attended the meeting in Malacañang were former Health Secretaries Dr. Esperanza Cabral and Dr. Jaime Galvez-Tan together with public health experts Dr. Susan Mercado, Dr. Antony Leachon, and Dr. Mahar Lagmay, among others.

In the Philippines, most confirmed cases of COVID-19 were reported in Metro Manila and in nearby areas like Bulacan, Cavite-Laguna-Batangas-Rizal-Quezon (CALABARZON).

Metro cities like Cebu and Davao were also affected.

These major cities are also the country’s center of commerce and transportation, according.

Roque said the President is likely to decide once he received the complete recommendations of the National Task Force Against COVID-19 in collaboration with public health experts, and the World Health Organization (WHO) in line with the Luzon-wide ECQ. MNP (with details from Rosalie Coz)

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