MANILA (Mabuhay) – President Benigno Aquino III on Tuesday called on Filipinos to continue Dr. Jose Rizal’s fight for a better future, as the nation commemorates the 118th anniversary of the Philippine national hero’s martyrdom.
Aquino led the flag-raising ceremony and laid a wreath at the Rizal Monument in Manila early Tuesday. He also briefly met with descendants of the Filipino hero.
In his Rizal Day message, the President said Filipinos should imbibe Rizal’s “inspiration to continue the fight for the Filipino.”
“The battles we confront may be different from our forebears’, yet the call to action and service they once heard remains resonant and clear,” Aquino said.
“Rizal served as our precedent for prodigious acts: He took it upon himself to alleviate the despair of others and cast his stake for a tomorrow of peace and liberty,” he added.
The President further called on the public to “walk the path of accountability and commit ourselves to the task of nation-building.”
“We shall compose the next chapters of our history and pass it on to coming Filipinos. United, let us strive to leave them a legacy of an empowered and proud nation,” he said. (MNS)