by Argyll Cyrus Geducos
President Duterte leads at present the 119th Independence Day celebration at Rizal Park in Manila – his first as Commander-in-Chief and whereas authorities troops proceed to combat for the nation’s sovereignty, this time, within the face of terrorist threats within the South.
This morning, Duterte will urge Filipinos to develop into extra accountable people to “preserve our sovereignty” and have the ability to repay those that fought and risked their lives for independence virtually a century and a rating in the past.
His message will delve on remembering the unpaved and bloody highway heroes of our previous needed to journey so as to attain freedom.
“The journey to freedom was a long and arduous one – which our countrymen paid for with blood, sweat, and the ultimate act of selfless sacrifice,” learn the copy of Duterte’s speech.
“Let us pay homage to their heroism by preserving our sovereignty and performing our own civic rights and responsibilities.”
Duterte pays homage to hundreds of Filipinos who’ve laid their lives on the road so that all of their descendants could dwell with the dignity and rights befitting a free nation.
Duterte shall be joined by Vice President Ma. Leonor “Leni” Robredo as he leads the Independence Day and Flag Day rites at Luneta at eight a.m.
This 12 months’s Independence Day celebration carries the theme “Kalayaan 2017: Pagbabagong Sama-Samang Balikatin,” based on National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) chair Rene Escalante.
In Cavite, Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson will lead the celebration on the Aguinaldo Shrine in Kawit, the place the Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo declared Philippine Independence in 1898.
In Bulacan, Senator Loren Legarda is ready to affix Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado and Bulakeños in marking the occasion on the historic Barasoain Church, the place the First Philippine Republic was born.
Other chosen senators and Cabinet members have been assigned to steer simultaneous commemorative rites in different key cities within the nation.
However, Duterte has scrapped the unique schedule of internet hosting the normal Vin d’Honneur to be attended by diplomats, senior authorities officers, and different invited friends.
Earlier, Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella mentioned that the President has cancelled the Vin d’Honneur to take care of the state of affairs in Mindanao.
Due to the festivities, the Manila District Traffic Enforcement Unit (MDTEU) introduced highway closures and visitors re-routing schemes.
Both the northbound and southbound lanes of Roxas Boulevard from Katigbak to TM Kalaw Avenue and the stretch of Katigbak Drive, Independence Road, and South Drive shall be closed to visitors from 6 a.m. onwards.
From 1 p.m. onwards, however, the northbound and southbound lanes of Ma. Orosa Street from P. Burgos Avenue to TM Kalaw Avenue shall be closed.
MDTEU additionally mentioned all small automobiles meaning to make the most of the southbound lane of Roxas Blvd shall flip left to P. Burgos, proper to Maria Orosa, proper to TM Kalaw to level of vacation spot.
Trucks and trailer vans meaning to make the most of the southbound lane of Roxas Blvd shall flip left to P. Burgos, proper to Finance Road to level of vacation spot.
Small automobiles meaning to make the most of the northbound lane of Roxas Blvd shall flip proper to TM Kalaw, left to Maria Orosa, left to P. Burgos to level of vacation spot.
On the opposite hand, vans and trailer vans meaning to make the most of the northbound lane of Roxas Blvd shall flip proper to Pres. Quirino Avenue to level of vacation spot.
Starting 1 p.m., MDTEU mentioned all automobiles meaning to make the most of the southbound lane of Maria Orosa shall flip left to P. Burgos, proper to Finance Avenue to level of vacation spot. While automobiles meaning to make the most of the northbound lane of Ma. Orosa Street shall go straight to T.M. Kalaw Avenue, flip left or proper to Taft Avenue to their level of vacation spot.
After confirming her attendance at at present’s rites in Rizal Park, Robredo mentioned: “We hope we would not forget the heroism of our countrymen, especially our soldiers who are fighting now in Marawi.”
“The lessons from people before us, we hope we would not forget them. We always pray that they would be protected,” Robredo mentioned.
For his half, Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) appearing Secretary Catalino S. Cuy referred to as on Filipinos to strengthen their nationalistic dedication and present their real love for the nation.
“May the Independence Day holiday be a time for us Pinoys to retrace our history and be inspired of Filipino nationalism, unity and courage,” mentioned Cuy.
He mentioned the present technology ought to at all times bear in mind and acknowledge that the up to date Filipinos are having fun with freedom due to our ancestors’ braveness in combating overseas aggressors.
PNP ON HIGHEST ALERT IN MM
Meanwhile, police forces in Metro Manila are on their highest safety alert standing as a part of the security measures for the 119th Independence Day celebration in addition to the live performance of worldwide pop star Britney Spears on Thursday.
Chief Inspector Kim Molitas, spokesperson of the National Capital Regional Police Office (NCRPO), mentioned they’ve already mapped out safety protocols for the occasions this week.
Intense safety preparations have been made to dam out any chance of a spillover of assaults in Metro Manila from the continued battle with the Maute Group in Marawi.
Apart from stopping any spoiling of the vacation, police are additionally working double-time to forestall a “copycat” assault of the bombing of the live performance venue of American singer Ariana Grande in Britain.
Spears is predicted to attract an enormous crowd at her live performance on the Mall of Asia enviornment. (With reviews from Jaimie Rose R. Aberia, Raymund F. Antonio, Anthony Giron, Freddie C. Velez, and Chito A. Chavez)
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