In their respective National Heroes' Day messages, Vice President Leni Robredo acknowledged modern-day heroes such as overseas Filipino workers and soldiers while President Rodrigo Duterte recognized thousands of ordinary citizens or "everyday heroes."
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Duterte, Robredo hail 'everyday' heroes
(Philstar.com) - August 27, 2018 - 10:38am

MANILA, Philippines — As the country commemorates National Heroes' Day, both President Rodrigo Duterte and Vice President Leni Robredo also recognized ordinary citizens.

In his message, Duterte recognized "everyday heroes" for making sacrifices for the welfare of their families and advancing their communities.

"At a time when our unity as a people is constantly being tested, we take inspiration from their triumphs and struggles as we rise above the ills that plague our society and champion the empowerment of the poor, the marginalized and the oppressed," Duterte said.

Duterte also urged the public to emulate Filipino heroes' "selfless ways" in their daily endeavors as the country pushes for "lasting change."

Robredo, on the other hand, acknowledged modern-day heroes such as overseas Filipino workers and the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

"We are deeply grateful to our overseas Filipino workers for their sacrifices — enduring far away from their home to provide a better life for their families and our country," she said in a statement.

The vice president also recognized the country's soldiers for placing their lives at risk to secure the safety of the Filipino people.

"We are among those who pray for their protection while they perform their duties," Robredo said.

Whether in the past or in the present, heroes who continue to serve the country should serve as an inspiration to very Filipino, the vice president added.

"Their example should be a reminder that we ourselves are the key to the change we seek," she concluded.

LENI ROBREDO NATIONAL HEROES DAY OVERSEAS FILIPINO WORKERS RODRIGO DUTERTE
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LATEST UPDATE: August 27, 2018 - 8:53am

President Rodrigo Duterte leads the National Heroes' Day ceremony at the Libingan ng mga Bayani in Taguig City.

August 27, 2018 - 8:53am

Vice President Leni Robredo honors overseas Filipino workers, which she considers as modern-day heroes, in her National Heroes' Day message.

"Lubos ang ating pasasalamat sa ating mga overseas Filipino workers para sa kanilang mga sakripisyo—tinitiis na malayo sa bayang kinagisnan upang mabigyan ng mas magandang buhay ang kanilang mga pamilya at ang ating bansa," Robredo said.

The vice president also acknowledged soldiers for placing their lives at risk to ensure the country's safety.

"Kasama kami sa mga nananalangin para sa kanilang proteksyon sa pagganap sa kanilang mga tungkulin," she said.

August 27, 2018 - 8:48am

President Rodrigo Duterte urges the Filipino people to emulate the "selfless ways" of the country's heroes as "we effect lasting change."

"At a time when our unity as a people is constantly being tested, we take inspiration from their triumphs and struggles as we rise above the ills that plague our society and champion the empowerment of the poor, the marginalized and the oppressed," Duterte said in his National Heroes' Day message.

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