AS the nation remembers those who fought to secure the nation’s liberty and preserve the Filipino way of life, Senator Christopher “Bong” Go also paid tribute to healthcare workers and other Filipinos in the frontline against the COVID-19 pandemic who continue to serve their country and save lives.
He recognized them as ‘present-day heroes’ as the country commemorates National Heroes’ Day on August 30.
In his message, Go also urged Filipinos to honor heroes throughout history for their sacrifices by continuing their legacy of defending the nation’s freedoms and fighting for its rightful place in the world.
“Nakikiisa ako sa buong sambayanang Pilipino sa pagdiriwang ng Araw ng mga Bayani. Sabay-sabay tayong magbalik tanaw sa ating kasaysayan upang magbigay pugay sa ating nakaraan.
Pahalagahan at pasalamatan natin ang sakripisyo ng ating mga bayani upang maging malaya ang ating bansa at mamuhay ng matiwasay ang ating mga mamamayan,” said Go.
The senator then recognized those who are on the frontlines in the fight against COVID-19, and encouraged Filipinos to emulate their valor and patriotism so they too can become heroes in their own right and help move the nation forward toward a healthier, safer and brighter future.
“Kilalanin din po natin, sa araw na ito, ang pagsisikap at sakripisyo ng ating mga magigiting na health workers at frontliners ngayong panahon ng pandemya na silang nagmana sa kabayanihan ng ating mga ninuno,” continued Go.
“Nawa’y magsilbing inspirasyon ang katapangan, kagitingan at kahusayan ng ating mga bayani, noon hanggang ngayon, upang malagpasan natin ang ating kasalukuyang pandemya at maiangat natin hindi lang ang ating mga sarili kundi pati na rin ang ating bayan,” he said.
Go went on to recognize the hard work of essential workers and ordinary citizens who continue to fulfill their duties in their communities to respond to the needs of the people and keep the country safe and secure amid these uncertain times.
“Let me recognize the hard work of our public servants—from regular employees to our top officials. Deep in my heart, I believe that the vast majority are honest and dedicated to their duty of providing genuine public service. Every single day they step out of their homes and expose themselves to the risks of the disease, they, too, are making the supreme sacrifice for the sake of our people. We cannot thank them enough,” said Go.
“And as we celebrate National Heroes Day, we salute all brave Filipinos who join us in our fight against the pandemic — especially the healthcare workers, economic frontliners, law enforcers, private sector partners, volunteers, and ordinary citizens taking part in the bayanihan efforts to ensure that no Filipino is left behind.”