Soldiers lay the prepare the Philippine flag ahead of the National Heroes' Day ceremony at the Libingan ng Bayani in Taguig City.
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Duterte skips National Heroes' Day rites
( - August 26, 2019 - 9:07am

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte will not be leading the commemoration of National Heroes' Day at the Libingan ng mga Bayani on Monday morning.

House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano will instead represent the president during the ceremony at the heroes' cemetery in Taguig City, the congressman's home city.

According to Sen. Bong Go, Duterte is currently "indisposed" but there is nothing to worry about.

Go added that Duterte met with Moro National Liberation Front foundinf chairman Nur Misuari over the weekend.

In his National Heroes' Day message, Duterte called on all Filipinos to reflect on the country's history and honor the "brave souls" who fought for the nation's freedom.

"Let us make our forebears proud of our triumphs as a people by being everyday heroes who will reach out to those who are in need, especially to the ones who have been neglected by society," Duterte said.

The president had not been visible to the public for a week earlier this month.

His last public engagement was in August for an event in Camp Crame and he was again seen in public on August 19 as he returned to Manila from Davao City.

Malacañang said Duterte has been busy with private meetings and paperwork. — Patricia Lourdes  Viray

As It Happens
LATEST UPDATE: August 26, 2019 - 9:17am

Follow updates as we monitor the nation's celebration of National Heroes Day this year.

August 26, 2019 - 9:17am

Vice President Leni Robredo encourages Filipinos to be heroes to each other, saying those honored on National Heroes' Day were regular citizens who decided to make a stand when the country needed it.

"Magsilbing paalala sana ang araw na ito na walang iisang bayani ang makapagsasalba sa atin mula sa ating kinalalagyan. Wala sa kamay ng iisang tao ang solusyon sa lahat ng ating mga suliranin, at walang iisang pinuno ang makapagbibigay sa atin ng mas magandang bukas," she also says.

(May this day be a reminder that there is no one hero who will save us. The solution to our problems is not in the hands of just one person, and no single leader can bring us a better future.)

"Pilipino ang bayani ng kapwa Pilipino. Ikaw ang bayani ng iyong kapwa, at may kakayahan kang makagawa ng makabuluhang pagbabago sa iyong bayan at sa buhay ng iyong kapwa tao," she also says.

(Filipinos are the heroes of their fellow Filipinos. You are a hero to others and you can make a difference to your country and to others.) 

August 25, 2019 - 1:13pm

A bill wants to rename the Armed Forces of the Philippines headquarters from Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo to Camp General Antonio Luna after the fierce Philippine general who fought in the Philippine–American War and later assassinated by Aguinaldo's men.

Luna was Chief of Staff of the Philippine Revolutionary Army for 134 days until his brutal assassination on June 5, 1899. He was only 32 years old.

Deputy Speaker and Surigao del Sur Rep. Johnny Pimentel proposed House Bill 4047 which seeks to amend Republic Act 4434, the 1965 law that changed the name of Camp Frank Murphy to Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo.

"Luna deserves greater recognition for his patriotism and military prowess," Pimentel says in a statement.

"Our bill seeks to honor and accord 'The Fiery General' the nobler distinction and prominence that he rightfully deserves," he adds.

Pimentel’s bill was filed on August 20 but was only made available to media on the eve of National Heroes Day.

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