By Mario Casayuran
Opposition Senator Risa Hontiveros said Wednesday the fight for freedom rests on all of us Filipinos.
‘’We remember the courage and sacrifice of our heroes who fought for freedom and independence for our people. Let us remember the generations of Filipinos who gave their lives to free our nation from oppression, abuse and violence,’’ Hontiveros said as the Philippines celebrated Wednesday its Independence Day.
‘’But celebrating our freedom means not taking it for granted. The civil liberties we enjoy today are hard-fought victories. The responsibility to protect these liberties, to strengthen our democratic institutions and to fulfill human rights for all rests on our generation today,’’ she said.
‘’Celebrating our freedom means making it work for all. Today and always, we must work hard to ensure people’s economic and political participation. Freedom means liberation from poverty and economic inequality, from gender inequality, from ignorance and deprivation,’’ she added.
Hontiveros said the struggle for independence from any oppressor is won by collective struggle, not by the striving of anyone alone.