By Vanne Elaine Terrazola
While the Philippines has already been liberated from its colonizers, senators on Wednesday said it is yet to win its battle against illegal drugs, corruption, and other social ills.
On Independence Day, Senate President Vicente Sotto III reminded Filipinos that the “biggest war” that the country now faces is the fight against the illegal drug trade.
“121st Philippine Independence Day. The nation must constantly be reminded that the biggest war we are waging is to free the nation and its families from the bondage of illegal drugs. God bless the Filipino family,” Sotto said.
The staunch anti-illegal drugs advocate has since been supportive of President Duterte’s war on drugs. But he repeatedly called on the government to focus on drug prevention and rehabilitation to solve the lingering problem.
Senator Joel Villanueva, meanwhile, lamented that Filipinos still suffer abuse, and that opportunities are being taken away from them by illegal foreign workers.
“On this day, we remember the sacrifices and heroism of our forefathers who fought tooth and nail against colonizers which paved the way for the liberties we currently enjoy,” he said in a statement.
“At present, we face social ills that hamper our progress as a nation. May this day be a fitting reminder of our continuing battle against abuse, indifference and corruption that come in the form of lost opportunities for our countrymen, unsafe work environment being suffered not only by our local workers but also our OFWs (overseas Filipino wormers), jobs being stolen by illegal foreign workers, among others,” he added.
Villanueva called on Filipinos to “unite against these ills and build a nation worthy of the sacrifices of our fallen heroes.”