By Mario Casayuran
Sen. Francis Pangilinan, president of the opposition Liberal Party (LP), asked Filipinos yesterday to draw strength and courage of their ancestors who dedicated their lives to the country ‘’for the freedom that we enjoy today.’’
‘’Let us remember: The Philippines is a cradle of courage,’’ Pangilinan said in a statement as the country celebrated yesterday its 76th ‘’Araw ng Kagitingan’’ (Day of Valor) at the historic Mt. Samat in Bataan.
Pangilinan said the country’s national hero, Dr. Jose P. Rizal, Andres Bonifacio, and the late Sen. Benigno Aquino Jr. are not the only icons of courage.
‘’Every Filipino who offers blood, tears, and sweat, strength, joy, and taxes, is brave. All Filipinos who fight against oppression and right the wrong are valiant,’’ he pointed out.
‘’The killing of drug suspects is wrong, the imprisonment of Sen. Leila de Lima is wrong, misogyny is wrong, giving away Philippine islands is wrong, having zero NFA (National Food Authority) rice stocks is wrong, and many more,’’ he added.