Let’s never forget to honor our many heroes and martyrs who have died blazing the trail towards national freedom and democracy.
They are the many stars that inspire us to carry on the noble fight for our people’s welfare against the most malignant enemies that continue to frustrate our quest for meaningful change.
Offering one’s life to country and people is the highest sacrifice. Our heroes and martyrs who made such sacrifice likewise deserve the highest tribute by way of unrelenting struggle.
I know some of these finest children of the people: Bambi Santos, Beng Hernandez, Eden Marcellana. They are personal friends-turned-paragons of virtue for every Filipino.
Across the nation, we have many orphaned kin of countless others. The entire nation, in fact, is orphaned yet awed by the passing of these many outstanding citizens.
Today, when the rulers proclaim apathy and cynicism as the virtues of choice amid official thievery, cheating and repression, the collective memory of our heroes and martyrs inspire us to think and act in a great and grand manner befitting the very people to whom they offered their supreme sacrifice.
True, our personal and family interests are always important. But as long as the most backward forces prevent the entire nation from attaining progress with jobs and justice, food and freedom, our individual drive for survival would ultimately fail.
Our heroes and martyrs teach us that more important than three square meals, a house, a career, or material wealth is how the nation could first secure its national freedom from alien and local fetters. After having secured that freedom, the nation would be able to ensure our individual and collective welfare.
May the memory of our heroes and martyrs not be drowned by the lies and deceit of today’s rulers. May our people cherish them as to ensure their sacrifices do not end in vain.