Philippines President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has sent a message of congratulations and best wishes to the Filipino community on the occasion of the Philippine Independence Day.
“I am one with the Filipino people in commemorating the anniversary of the proclamation of Philippine Independence,” he said.
“One hundred and twenty-one years have passed since our forefathers bound their fates, their lives and their fortunes to proclaim the independence of the Filipino people, making it 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.
“But the freedom we achieved back then was not without cost,” he added.
“The tree of liberty blossomed on these lands because it was nourished by the sweat and blood of our patriots, heroes and martyrs.
“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.
“May we have a solemn and meaningful observance.”