Duterte, Robredo commemorate Nat'l Heroes' Day

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 27) — President Rodrigo Duterte and Vice President Leni Robredo honored the Filipinos who have sacrificed for the country, in commemoration of National Heroes' Day on Monday.

"We honor our unnamed heroes who, in their own little ways, have made a huge difference in the lives of those they have touched," Duterte said in the wreath-laying ceremony at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

He lauded the military troops who helped liberate Marawi City, the policemen who took part in his war against drugs, the teachers, and the overseas Filipino workers.

"These are our everyday heroes that we need for you to emulate and look up to," he added.

Vice President also honored both the traditional heroes and the new-age heroes of the Philippines.

"Mga bayani man ng nakaraan, o mga bagong bayaning patuloy na nagsisilbi sa bayan, nawa ay maging inspirasyon sila sa ating lahat sa gitna ng mga pagsubok na ating kinakaharap. Ang kanilang halimbawa ay pagpapaalala na tayo mismo ang susi sa pagbabagong ating hinahangad," she said in a message.

[Translation: Heroes of the past or the new age heroes who continue to serve the country should serve as inspiration for everyone amid the challenges we face. Their example should serve as a reminder that we are the key to the change we wish to happen in the country.]

She added the values these heroes impart help us in times when democracy is being challenged.

The country celebrates National Heroes' Day every last Monday of August, under Republic Act No. 9492 signed by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on July 24, 2007.

The annual celebration coincides with the Cry of Pugad Lawin — now known as Cry of Balintawak — which marked the beginning of the Philippine revolution against Spanish colonizers.

On the other hand, several militant labor groups will also hold a 'Heroes' Day March' to recognize individuals who fought for workers' rights. The groups will march to the Welcome Rotonda in Manila, to call for higher national minimum wage.

Similar demonstrations are expected in Cebu and Negros in Visayas and in Davao City in Mindanao.

The Metro Manila Development Authority announced the number coding scheme is lifted today.