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Duterte calls on gov’t workers, youth to follow Ninoy’s values

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A WREATH is laid at the monument of former Senator Benigno “Ninoy” S. Aquino Jr. in Timog corner Quezon Avenue in commemoration of the 36th anniversary of his assassination on Aug. 21. — PHILSTAR/MICHAEL VARCAS

PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte on Wednesday joined the nation in commemorating the 36th anniversary of the assassination of former Senator Benigno S. Aquino, Jr., reminding the public to follow his example in protecting freedom, democracy and the rule of law. “I also hope that Ninoy’s remarkable life as a public servant will move my fellow government workers to serve with honor, integrity and purpose as well as inspire our youth to be of service to their country and fellowmen,” Mr. Duterte said. The President also recognized Mr. Aquino’s role in restoring democratic institutions. “His sacrifice altered the course of our nation’s history and still continues to ignite the spirit of heroism among our people,” he said. Mr. Aquino, who was jailed and exiled to the United States during the Martial Law period under dictator Ferdinand E. Marcos, was shot upon his return to the country at the airport that is now named in his honor. “Despite our gains in these past three years, there is still a lot that needs to be done if we are going to completely eradicate the poverty, corruption, and injustice that had plagued our nation even during Ninoy’s time,” Mr. Duterte said in his message. “Let his example guide us as we strive to uplift and protect the most vulnerable in our society and ensure that all Filipinos will enjoy the blessings of freedom, democracy and the rule of law.” — Arjay L. Balinbin

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