HOUSE leaders on Monday urged Filipinos to keep patriotism alive by showing “malasakit” to those who are in need and simply following the country’s laws and Constitution.
At the same time, House Majority Leader and Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez, who chairs the House Committee on Rules, extolled the “malasakit” (compassion) and heroism of Filipinos, especially those who fought for the country’s freedom and democracy.
“We can all be heroes in our own lives, every one of us, if we can only rise above personal interests by simply obeying the laws of the land and Constitution, such as fighting corruption, exercising defensive driving, proper disposal of garbage, and showing malasakit to the needy,” said Romualdez, president of the Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats (CMD) and Philippine Constitution Association (Philconsa), who also paid tribute to the sacrifices of war heroes and their families as the nation commemorates Monday’s National Heroes’ Day.
“Let’s not forget their malasakit, heroism, greatness and sacrifices in liberating the country from invaders. The democracy we have been enjoying was carved by blood on the pages of history because of their selfless dedication and invaluable service to keep our freedom alive,” said Romualdez, a lawyer and banker. “We have to ensure a meaningful observance of National Heroes Day by always giving due respect and recognition to their heroism and to continue finding compassion inspiration, hope, and love to their greatness and patriotism.”
Tingog party-list Rep. Yedda Marie Kittilstvedt Romualdez, the chairperson of the House Committee on Welfare of Children, credited the sacrifices of war heroes for the country’s democracy and the rights being enjoyed nowadays by Filipinos.
“I wish to greet Filipinos everywhere a happy National Heroes’ Day. I believe that ours is a truly brave and dignified race, and that Pinoys from all walks of life still display various acts of heroism today,” said Kittilstvedt Romualdez, wife of Martin Romualdez and former chairperson of the House Committee on Accounts.
Meanwhile Deputy Speaker and Antique Rep. Loren Legarda said Filipinos do not need to die just to become heroes.
“We need not die to be a hero. We only need to be a faithful steward of the law, and know and serve our purpose, like what our overseas Filipino workers, athletes and artists, teachers, soldiers, policemen, doctors, nurses and other professionals, volunteers, philanthropists, community leaders, farmers and fisherfolk, and mothers and fathers do,” said Legarda.