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The head of the Department of National Defense (DND) appeals to Filipinos to work with the incoming administration.

MANILA, Philippines — Outgoing Department of National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana called on all Filipinos to work with the country’s new leaders for a better future as the Philippines celebrates its 124th Independence Day.

“May we continue to work together with our new set of leaders throughout this period of transition to accomplish the ambitions and dreams of our founders for our nation,” he said in a statement released Sunday.

Lorenzana also added that those who are lucky to experience freedom should remember those who have battled and died for it, quoting Elias, a significant character in Dr. Jose Rizal’s Noli Me Tangere.

“‘I die without seeing the dawn brighten over my native nation!’ remarked Elias in Dr. Jose Rizal’s foundational masterpiece, Noli me Tangere. Welcome it, you who have it to see—and don’t forget those who have fallen through the night!’ “He went on to say.

Lorenzana also reminded the people that “our forefathers’ gift of independence was fashioned in their enormous sacrifice and unwavering hope for the country’s future.”

“We set our sights on the work that remains to be done to create the brighter future our heroes dreamed for us as we look back on the road that took us to the freedom and democracy we enjoy today,” he added.

“Kalayaan 2022: Pagsuong sa Hamon ng Panibagong Bukas (Rise Towards the Challenge of a New Beginning)” is the theme of this year’s Independence Day celebration “Lorenzana also urged all Filipinos to embrace the changes that are coming.

Following his resounding victory in the May 9 presidential election, President-elect Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. will take his oath as the country’s 17th chief executive on June 30 at the historical National Museum.

Marcos, the son of former President Ferdinand E. Marcos, will succeed Rodrigo Roa Duterte, who is stepping down.

People should be well served.

Meanwhile, Lt. Gen. Vicente Danao Jr., the Philippine National Police (PNP) officer-in-charge, urged all police officers to continue serving the Filipino people well as the country celebrated Independence Day.

“Ipinamalas natin sa ating mga kababayan ang kadakilaan ng mga pulis bilang mga front-liners at tagapangalaga ng seguridad at kapayapaan,” he continued.

Danao urged all police officers to maintain their efficiency and high standards of service.

‘Ang kagitingan at kadakilaan na ating ipinapakita sa araw-araw nating paglilingkod sa taumbayan na nagdadala ng karangalan sa ating ahensya, ay hindi kailanman matutumbasan ng anumang materyal na bagay, at Ang pagtitiwala at pagpapasalamat ng taumbayan sa kanilang kapulisan ang ating pinaka malaking tagumpay (The bravery and brilliance that we demonstrate every day while serving our countrymen will bring respect to our agency that no material item can compare.) The faith and admiration of our countrymen for their PNP is the greatest honor we have ever received) “He went on to say.

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