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On National Heroes’ Day, Aquino pays tribute to OFWs, soldiers

President Benigno S. Aquino III is surrounded by war veterans during the observance of the National Heroes Day at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, Fort Bonifacio in Taguig City on Monday (August 26). The National Heroes Day commemorates the beginning of the Filipinos fight for independence from Spain known as the “Cry of Pugad Lawin” led by Andres Bonifacio. In photo are Taguig City Mayor Laarni Lopez-Cayetano . (MNS photo)

President Benigno S. Aquino III is surrounded by war veterans during the observance of the National Heroes Day at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, Fort Bonifacio in Taguig City on Monday (August 26). The National Heroes Day commemorates the beginning of the Filipinos fight for independence from Spain known as the “Cry of Pugad Lawin” led by Andres Bonifacio. In photo are Taguig City Mayor Laarni Lopez-Cayetano . (MNS photo)

MANILA (Mabuhay) – As the nation celeberates National Heroes’ Day, President Benigno Aquino III on Monday paid tribute to the millions of overseas Filipino workers and to those in the uniformed service.

Ang mga kababayan nating OFW, bayani rin pong maituturing. Hindi nila inalintana ang mga sakrispisyo at layo sa pamilya para lamang makapagpundar ng magandang kinabukasan sa kanilang mga mahal sa buhay,” Aquino said during the day’s celebration at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

Sa ipinupunla nilang sipag at dedikasyon sa hanapbuhay hindi lang nahahayag ang mabubuting katangian ng Pilipino sa buong mundo, inihahatid din nila ang buong bansa sa landas ng malawakang kaunlaran at pag-asenso,” he added.

According to the Commission on Filipinos Overseas, there are at least 10,455,788 Filipinos abroad as of December 2011.

Of this number, 47 percent are permanent residents, 43 percent are employed overseas, while 10 percent are undocumented.

Aside from the OFWs, Aquino also lauded the government soldiers for their service to the country.

Napatunayan din natin ang giting ng ating unipormadong hanay sa kasagsagan man ng malalakas ng bagyo o sa paglaban sa masasamang element lalo na sa kanayunan,” he said.

Hindi man kakilala, hindi man kaanu-ano ang tinulungan, handang isugal ng ating mga kawal ng bayan ang kanilang buhay upang sagipin at itaguyod ang interes ng mga mas nangangailangan,” he added.

Aquino then cited Filipino naval hero Commodore Ramon “Monching” Alcaraz, who gained distinction during World War II by shooting down three Japanese Zero fighters who tried to attack his ship.

The Philippines’s newly acquired warship BRP Ramon Alcaraz was named after him.

Ipinamalas niyang hindi basta basta magagapi ang Pilipino. Kinilala siyang Ama ng Philippine Marines at noong napipinto ng i-deklara ang Batas Militar hanggang sa pag-iral nito, nanindigan siya laban sa diktadurya,” said Aquino.  (MNS)

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