Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr: Spirit of freedom lives on Philippine fight vs. hurdles, oppression

2024 June 12

KALAYAAN 2024. President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. leads the 126th Independence Day ceremony at the Jose Rizal Monument in Rizal Park, Manila on Wednesday (June 12, 2024). The First Family, government and military officials also witnessed the wreath-laying ceremony on the monument and the singing of the Bagong Pilipinas hymn and reciting of the Bagong Pilipinas pledge.

MANILA – As the Philippines marks the 126th Anniversary of the Proclamation of Independence, President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. on Wednesday said the true spirit of freedom can be seen in every Filipino’s fight against daily challenges and oppression.

In his message for the Independence Day commemoration, Marcos lauded the admirable characteristics of every freedom-loving Filipino exemplified by the country’s farmers, fisherfolk, teachers, and soldiers.

“While the times may be different our struggles remain the same. Still, we continue to witness the true spirit of freedom in every Filipino who fights fairly in their day-to-day lives,” Marcos said.

“We see it in the resilience of our farmers and fisherfolks as they provide us sustenance. We see it in the dedication of our teachers as they nurture the minds of the future generation. We see it in the tenacity of our soldiers as they protect every inch of our territory, adamant as they are in the certainty that Filipinos do not, and shall never, succumb to oppression,” he added.

Marcos led the nationwide commemoration in a flag-raising and wreath-laying ceremony at the Rizal Park Monument in Manila.

He also laid a wreath before the monument of national hero Jose Rizal and led the recitation of the Bagong Pilipinas Pledge and Hymn.

Simultaneous flag-raising and wreath-laying ceremonies also took place at the Dambanang Emilio Aguinaldo in Cavite; Barasoain Church Historical Landmark in Malolos City, Bulacan; Pinaglabanan Memorial Shrine in San Juan City; Mausoleo delos Veteranos dela Revolucion in Manila North Cemetery; Andres Bonifacio National Monument in Caloocan City; and Museo ng Kasaysayang Panlipunan ng Pilipinas in Angeles City, Pampanga.

He is one with the Filipinos in commemorating the proclamation of Philippine independence, the President said.

“On that glorious day in Kawit, Cavite 126 years ago, the triumphant tunes of our national anthem echoed throughout the jubilant air as our flag freely waved for the first time,” Marcos said.

Darryl John Esguerra (PNA)