Velasco honors ‘modern-day heroes’ on National Heroes Day

House Speaker Lord Allan Velasco. Photo from the Office of the Speaker, House of Representatives

MANILA, Philippines — Modern-day heroes such as medical frontliners and soldiers should also be honored on National Heroes Day, House Speaker Lord Allan Velasco said Monday.

Velasco said that among those who must also be given tribute on the special day are medical frontliners, police, firefighters, soldiers, and national athletes.


“As we celebrate National Heroes Day 2021, we must also pay tribute to the country’s modern-day heroes—our brave and dedicated medical frontliners and other essential workers—for the critical role they play as we unite to fight the COVID-19 pandemic,” Velasco said.

“We must also salute the police, firefighters, and soldiers who risk their lives every day to protect our communities. And lastly, we recognize our national athletes, the sports heroes who are a source of inspiration and strength for many Filipinos amid these trying times,” he added.


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Velasco likewise remembered the “known and unknown heroes of the revolution who faced all odds and bravely fought for Philippine independence.”

“They are the men and women whose selfless actions and service have helped to secure the freedoms and rights we now enjoy. This grateful nation has not forgotten and will never forget their heroism, courage, and sacrifice,” Velasco said.


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