MANILA Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Monday urged all Filipinos to unite in fighting modern-day threats such as terrorism, climate change, poverty, transnational crimes and cybercrimes.
He made this pronouncement at the National Flag Day celebration in Malolos, Bulacan.
National Flag Day is ushered with the raising of the national flag, and the permanent display of this national symbol from May 28 to June 12 by all government offices and agencies, businesses, educational institutions, and private residences. In recent years, the flag days have been extended until June 30.
National Flag Day commemorates the first use of the Philippine flag after the victory of the Battle of Alapan in 1898.
"We need to stand together and face these challenges. In the fulfillment of our mandate and sworn duty, the Department of National Defense will continue to defend the country and every Filipino against external and internal threats to our peace and security. Defending our territory remains our top priority that is why we continue to strengthen our efforts to guard the integrity and sovereignty of the country," Lorenzana stressed.
The DND chief also assured the public that the defense establishment remains on alert against lawless elements.
"Rest assured that we will continue to be on alert and vigilant against groups who are out to destroy our democracy and peace. We will not let the idea of hatred prevail, instead we will suppress this so that peace and security will prevail," he added. (With reports from Ericka Cirera, OJT/PNA)
Source: Philippine News Agency