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Ochoa calls on Filipino people to stand up and unite

Senator Gregorio B. Honasan and Chief Supt. Miguel DM Laurel, Eastern Police District Director (EPD), salute during the flag-raising ceremony at Pinaglabanan Shrine. Honasan and San Juan Mayor Guia G. Gomez led today's (June 12, 2013) 115th Independence Day rites in San Juan City. (MNS photo)

Senator Gregorio B. Honasan and Chief Supt. Miguel DM Laurel, Eastern Police District Director (EPD), salute during the flag-raising ceremony at Pinaglabanan Shrine. Honasan and San Juan Mayor Guia G. Gomez led today’s (June 12, 2013) 115th Independence Day rites in San Juan City. (MNS photo)

MANILA  (Mabuhay) – Executive Secretary Paquito N. Ochoa Jr. called on the Filipinos to stand up and unite to protect the Filipino heroes’ hard-fought independence.

In his speech during the 115th Anniversary of the Proclamation of Philippine Independence at the Barasoain Church in Malolos City, Bulacan on Wednesday, Ochoa reminded the people to remember the sacrifices of the Filipino hero Andres Bonifacio and other heroes in reclaiming our freedom from foreign invaders.

“Hindi rin natin dapat kalimutan ang simulain ng Katipunan na siyang nagsulong ng kalayaan ng Pilipinas noong 1892. Ngayong taon, ipagdiriwang din natin ang ika-150 taong anibersaryo ng kapanganakan ng ating bayani na si Andres Bonifacio,” Ochoa said.

Ating bigyang diin ang tuloy-tuloy na pamana ni Bonifacio at ng mga bayaning Katipunan ng mga Anak ng Bayan – ang Dangal at Kabayanihan,” Ochoa noted.

He called on the entire Filipino nation not to allow our rights and our freedom to be imperiled again.

Ang Deklarasyon ng Kalayaan ay binuo ng pinagsama-samang pangarap, pakikibaka, buhay at dugo ng mga bayani at martir ng buong sambayanan – saan mang sulok ng ating Mahal na Bayang Pilipinas!,” he said.

Ang araw na ito ay paggigiit ng ating bayan sa buong mundo na noon pa man ay ibig na nating maging malaya at mamuhay ng nagsasarili bilang isang tunay na Malayang Bansa,” Ochoa noted.

Ochoa also reminded the people of the sacrifices of our modern heroes who risked their lives to restore democracy by ending the dictatorship of ousted President Ferdinand Marcos.

Hindi rin dapat limutin ninuman ang nagpapatuloy pang kabayanihan ng ating lahi. Mga kabataang lumaban at patuloy na lumalaban sa katarungang bayan, kaayusang panlipunan at paglaban sa katiwalian, kurapsyon at pang-aapi, isama na ang kamangmangan at kahirapan,” he said.

“Silang mga ‘di mabilang na bayani ng bagong panahon ang dahilan upang mahaplos ang diwa’t damdamin ng milyun-milyong Pilipino na nakibaka sa EDSA noong 1986. Bawat henerasyon ay may kanya-kanyang taya para sa bayan. Ngunit hindi natin kailangang dumanas ng rebolusyon o digmaan para lang may lumitaw na mga bayani,” he continued.

He said the entire world lauded the Filipinos for their solidarity in achieving democracy through peaceful means.

The Executive Secretary assured the people that the government recognizes every citizen has the right to have freedom and better life.

Ang pagpapanatili ng kalayaan na may dignidad sa ating bayan sa pamamagitan ng pag-aangat sa antas ng kabuhayan, edukasyon, kalusugan, kaunlaran at kaayusang panlipunan ay mga dakilang ambag nating mga Pilipino upang masabing bayani tayo sa ating napiling kaparaanan. Ito ang mensahe ng ating pagdiriwang ng kalayaan sa taong ito,“Kalayaan: Ambagan Tungo sa Malawakang Kaunlaran,” the Executive Secretary said.

He, likewise, emphasized the need for the people to uphold truth in protecting our independence and freedoom.

“Mga Kababayan: Ang katotohanan ang mapagpalaya sa kahit sinuman at sa kahit anong bayan. Kung ang katotohanan ay binabalot ng kamalian o kasinungalingan, tayo ay hindi magkakaroon ng tunay na kalayaan. Higit na mahalaga na ang ating sagradong kasaysayan bilang Bayang Pilipinas ay hindi nababahiran ng anumang kamalian,” Ochoa concluded.

President Benigno Aquino III led the nation in celebrating the 115th Independence Day at the Liwasang Bonifacio on P. Burgos St., Manila.

There were simultaneous flag-raising and wreath laying ceremonies on the Independence Day at the Liwasang Bonifacio, Manila; Rizal National Monument, Rizal Park, Manila; General Emilio Aguinaldo Shrine in Kawit, Cavite; Barasoain Church, Malolos City, Bulacan; Pinaglabanan Memorial Shrine, San Juan; Mausoleo de los Veteranos de la Revolucion, Manila North Cemetery; Bonifacio National Monument, Caloocan City and at the Pamintuan House, in Angeles City, Pampanga. (MNS)

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