Pres. Duterte visits tomb of fallen soldier at LNMB on National Heroes’ Day

Pres. Duterte visits tomb of fallen soldier at LNMB on National Heroes’ Day

In a true Duterte fashion, he paid his respects to the nation’s fallen heroes by visiting the Libingan ng Mga Bayani (LNMB) without any fun fare from media.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte after skipping the National Heroe’s Day rites in the morning in the same venue, was there at night where he offered prayers and lighted candles in the national cemetery, and spoke with soldiers on duty.

President Duterte has been known to make late-night visits and inspections.

President Rodrigo Duterte offers a prayer to the fallen heroes as he visits the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the Libingan ng mga Bayani in Taguig City (Photo credit to owner)

"Gusto niya mag-visit quietly," Duterte's former longtime aide, Sen. Christopher "Bong" Go, told ABS-CBN News.
(He wanted to visit quietly.)

Monday morning, Senator Bong Go said President Duterte skipped the National Heroes' Day rites because he was "indisposed."

"He is indisposed. Seventy-four years old na po si Pangulo at kailangan niya ring magpahinga... Ang dami namin lakad," Go told the media.
(The President is already 74 years old, he needs to rest. We had many appointments. He is the President, he has many appointments.)
"[He is] not feeling well," he added.
In his National Heroes' Day message,the President has urged the public to be "everyday heroes" who champion those who have been "neglected by society." 

The collective sacrifice of the country's heroes "made it possible for us to enjoy the blessings of liberty and to continue strengthening this great nation that they have left behind," Duterte said in a statement. 
"We recognize their heroism not only by erecting statues in their honor, but by uplifting the welfare of the poor and marginalized for it is through our small deeds that their spirit of valor can live on," said the President. 
"Let us make our forebears proud of our triumphs as a people by being everyday heroes who will reach out to those who are in need, especially to the ones who have been neglected by society," he added. 

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