On Day of Valor, Robredo tells Filipinos: Be valiant like our forefathers

MANILA, Philippines – Vice President Leni Robredo hopes Filipinos will strive to be as brave as their forefathers who fought colonizers and abusive regimes.

Robredo made the statement in her message for Araw ng Kagitingan (Day of Valor) observed on Tuesday, April 9. 

“Sa kasaysayan, paulit-ulit nang napatunayan ng Pinoy ang paninindigan para sa bayan – laban man sa mananakop o mapang-abusong rehimen. Ang Pilipinas ay duyan ng magigiting, at dapat araw-araw natin iyang isabuhay. Mabuhay ang katapangan ng Pilipino!” tweeted Robredo, who also used the Philippine flag emoji.

(In our history, the Filipino has always stood up for the country – whether it be against invaders or abusive regimes. The Philippines is the cradle of the valiant, and we must live up to that every day. Long live the bravery of Filipinos!)

Sa kasaysayan, paulit-ulit nang napatunayan ng Pinoy ang paninindigan para sa bayan—laban man sa mananakop o mapang-abusong rehimen. Ang Pilipinas ay duyan ng magigiting, at dapat araw-araw natin iyang isabuhay. Mabuhay ang katapangan ng Pilipino! #ArawNgKagitingan — Leni Robredo (@lenirobredo) April 8, 2019

 

The Vice President was slated to attend the 77th Commemoration of the Day of Valor at the Mount Samat National Shrine in Pilar, Bataan at 9 am on Tuesday.

President Rodrigo Duterte would not attend the Bataan event but was scheduled to observe Araw ng Kagitingan late Tuesday afternoon at the Kuta Heneral Teodulfo Bautista Headquarters in Jolo, Sulu.

The Day of Valor marks the country’s annual commemoration of the Fall of Bataan on April 9, 1942, when Filipino and American soldiers finally surrendered after fighting invading Japanese forces during World War II for 3 months. (READ: FAST FACTS: Araw ng Kagitingan) 

This is also the day when Filipinos remember the Bataan Death March, where exhausted Filipino and American prisoners of war were forced by their Japanese captors to march from Bataan to San Fernando, Pampanga. 

Of the 78,000 Filipino and American troops who surrendered, 5,000 to 10,000 Filipino soldiers and around 650 American soldiers died along the way. – Rappler.com

Mara Cepeda

Mara Cepeda writes about politics and women’s rights for Rappler. She covers the House of Representatives and the Office of the Vice President. Got tips? Send her an email at mara.cepeda@rappler.com or shoot her a tweet @maracepeda.

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