By Francis Wakefield
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Friday assured that the defense department would continue to defend the country from external and internal threats that could undermine the nation’s peace and stability.
In a speech he delivered during the Pambansang Araw ng Watawat held in Malolos, Bulacan, Lorenzana said right now the country is facing many challenges such as threat of terrorism, climate change and environmental destruction, poverty, corruption, the spread of transnational and cyber crimes, and territorial disputes with neighboring countries including China.
He said these challenges need our unified response to solve each problem we are facing.
” In compliance to our mandate and sworn duty, the Department of National Defense (DND) is continuously defending our country and every Filipino from external and internal threats to peace and security of our country,” Lorenzana said.
“Defending our territory remains our priority that’s why we continue to strive so that we can be more effective in guarding the integrity and sovereignty of our country.”
“Rest assured that we will remain alert and watchful on groups who intend to destroy our democracy and peace. We will not let idealism with rage and hate reign supreme, rather we will counter it so that peace and security will prevail,” Lorenzana said.
Lorenzana, in his speech, also reiterated the importance of the Philippine Flag as the country’s most cherished symbol. being the nation’s emblem for freedom.
He said the flag symbolizes patriotism, love of country and sense of nationhood and embodies the aspirations and sentiments of the Filipino people in their unceasing quest for independence.
“The flag is the most important symbol of a free country. It is also the emblem of our participation and self identification in international task. Every country which is free celebrates the day in which it officially adopted its use of their flag,” Lorenzana said.
Lorenzana said in the Philippines, the Pambansang Araw ng Watawat or (National Flag Day) is observe on the day where the flag was first waved after Filipino Revolutionaries led by Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo fought Spanish conquerors.
“That’s why in May 28, 1898, or after the war, for the first time, General Aguinaldo unfurled our country’s flag,” Lorenzana said.
“Our flag has a very rich history, rich just like what our country and our countrymen went through, that is why it is necessary for us to give it the proper respect and importance because this serves as a reminder on how we are as Filipinos, and the hardships our heroes went through in order to attain our country’s freedom which we are currently enjoying,” he added
Lorenzana also said that flag is also a reminder of every Filipino’s solidarity during the war and other hardships.
“Nagkakaiba man tayo sa mga personal na bagay subalit nagbubuklod-buklod tayo para sa pagtupad ng sama-samang hangarin para sa bayan (We may differ in our personal ways but we unite in our quest for what we aspire for our country.