Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Martin Andanar on Friday expressed hope that Filipinos would use their intelligence and strength to help the country succeed in its battle against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).
In a press statement, Andanar said Filipinos should follow in the footsteps of Dr. Jose Rizal, the Philippines’ national hero, by showing love for the country.
“Today, as we face the threat of an unseen enemy in this pandemic, like Dr. Jose Rizal, may we utilize our intelligence in our fight against Covid-19 and may we find the strength of heart to continue on our path to recovery from challenges,” he said.
As of Thursday, the Philippines has recorded 27,779 confirmed Covid-19 cases.
Andanar made the remark as he joined the entire nation in celebrating the 159th birth anniversary of Rizal.
Rizal, who was born on June 19, 1861, is considered a nationalist icon in the Philippines because of his initiatives for peaceful reforms that eventually helped the country gain independence from Spain.
His advocacy, however, cost him his life after being executed in Bagumbayan, now known as Luneta, in Manila on Dec. 30, 1896.
Andanar said Rizal’s strong display of nationalism and patriotism “greatly contributed to our forefathers’ pursuit of justice, freedom, and independence against our colonizers.”
“Let us all continue to be inspired by the legacy left by Dr. Jose Rizal. His brilliance, compassion, bravery, peaceful resistance, and above all, his selfless and wholehearted service to our country,” he said.
Andanar also said he hopes that Rizal’s words would serve as an example to others to encourage others who may be hesitating to take the first step to pursue their goals.
“We can do this by having the initiative to take action. One can only realize the great deeds one is capable of if he or she responds to the call to do good and to serve, despite the odds,” he said.
Source: Philippines News Agency