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Prez Duterte only wants a “truly independent Philippines” on its 121st Independence Day

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte arrives to greet the U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at Colonel Jesus Villamor Air Base in Manila, Philippines, Thursday, February 28, 2019. Andrew Harnik/Pool via REUTERS

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte only wants a “truly independent Philippines” as the country marks its 121st Independence Day on Wednesday, June 12.

In a statement released earlier today, Duterte remembered the heroes from the past on whom he called forefathers as they have “bound their fates, their lives, and their fortunes to proclaim the independence of the Filipino people.”

“It was the most significant event in our country’s history. Not only did we put an end to more than three centuries of subservience but we also resolved to determine the course of our own destiny as a nation,” the statement said.

However, Duterte reminded Filipinos that the freedom of the country did not come without cost.

“The tree of liberty blossomed on these lands because it was nourished by the sweat and blood of our patriots, heroes and martyrs,” he said.

“Let us commit ourselves to ensure that their sacrifices have not been in vain and that their dream of a truly independent Philippines – whose people live freely in a secure, stable and prosperous society – will be achieved within our lifetimes,” he added.

Duterte is set to celebrate the country’s Independence Day in Lanao del Sur.

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