President Rodrigo Duterte, in his Araw ng Kagitingan message, called on the Filipino people to remain steadfast like the forefathers and allies in upholding sovereignty and protecting rights and freedom.
“As we hold this solemn observance, it is my hope that we will all be inspired to remain steadfast like our forefathers and their allies in upholding our sovereignty and in protecting the rights and freedoms that our people enjoy today,” he said.
“Today, we remember the heroism of the brave Filipino and American soldiers who stood side by side in the mountains and jungles of Bataan in defense of our liberty and democracy,” he added.
He also recognized the countless civilians who aided our forces so they could offer a valiant defense against the overwhelming force of the enemy.
“We may not be able to memorialize all of them, but we will forever remember and honor their epic struggle and unshakeable fortitude,” he added.