On National Heroes’ Day, Lt. Gen. Jose Faustino Jr., chief of staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), asked the people to continue commemorating the sacrifices of the frontline soldiers amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
“Those are the people who continue to persevere in saving lives in hospitals, in producing our food and other essential supplies, and in keeping our communities safe amid this pandemic,” he said in a statement Sunday.
Faustino brought this up as the Philippines commemorates the lives and legacies of national heroes who have served as pillars of the country’s freedom, independence, and democratic values.
Despite the pandemic’s hardships, Faustino advised all Filipinos to remember the heroes’ efforts and to remember that we can all be heroes in our own fields and in our own modest ways.
Every year on the last Monday in August, the nation honors historical revolutionaries as well as unknown men and women who gave their lives in the fight for independence from colonial control.
“Likewise, we recognize our modern day heroes who continue to defend and promote Filipino values, principles, and values that form our national identity,” he added.