President Rodrigo Duterte, during his Rizal Day message on December 30, 2021, called for all Filipinos to pay tribute to the modern-day heroes – the frontliners during this pandemic era.


CNN reported that in his message, Duterte highlighted the efforts of those leading the COVID-19 response, saying “true heroes give their lives for love of country and of our people.”


“This heroism has become more manifested when the pandemic swept the whole world. People of unmatched boldness and compassion stood and fought against the odds brought by the disease in order to help save lives while risking their own,” he said.


“Today, as we celebrate the life and works of Dr. Jose Rizal, let us also honor our modern-day heroes who are at the front lines,” Duterte added.
The President was present at the wreath-laying rites held at the Rizal Park in Manila on Thursday. He also led the flag-raising ceremony, with flower offering to honor the most revered hero.


Duterte urged Filipinos to emulate Rizal’s wisdom and courage “in our own simple ways,” expressing hope for a “better and brighter future for all.”