THE Armed Forces of the Philippines ( AFP) and the Philippine National Police ( PNP) joined the nation in commemorating the National Heroes’ Day by honoring the Fillipino heroes -- both named and unnamed -- who offered their lives to bring peace.
AFP Public Affairs Office ( PAO) chief Colonel Noel Detoyato said the AFP paid tribute to the countless heroes in a simple wreath-laying activity at the Libingan ng mga Bayani yesterday.
“While we honor the men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country’s freedom and independence, we are also reminded that the challenge continues and that we each must do our share to protect and defend our way of life,” Detoyato said.
Detoyato said the AFP hoped that the observance of the National Heroes Day will fan the flame of nationalism among Filipinos and remind every citizen that it is our duty to ensure the legacy of our heroes will live on.
On the other hand, PNP Public Information Office (PIO) chief Brig. Gen. Bernard Banac said: “We achieved our identity due to the noble deeds made by Filipino heroes, both living and dead, whom we honor today. This is a perfect day to remember the life and work of all these great people.”
“This legacy of gallantry and heroism by our forebears in the Philippine Revolution against Spanish rule, the resistance against Japanese occupation and the democratic struggle against American colonizaton, continues to live on amongst nameless contemporary Filipino heroes,” he added.
He said the PNP, under the leadership of General Oscar Albayalde, has embraced this legacy of valor, service and sacrifice as fundamental principles to its core values of service, honor and justice that describe every police campaign and mission against threats to peace and democracy, that the PNP would ever so dutifully accomplish even at the cost of offering the supreme sacrifice.
“The PNP mission to serve and protect our country and people offers great opportunity for every hero to rise among the 195,000 brave souls in the PNP. Even if it needs to happen everyday, the PNP will never run out of heroes. “ Banac said.