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Here’s Reason Why Duterte Skipped National Heroes Day Rites

DUTERTE – The reason why Philippine President Rodrigo Roa Duterte skipped the celebration of National Heroes Day at the ‘Libingan ng Mga Bayani’ today.

The National Heroes Day in the Philippines is celebrated every last Monday of August.  Every Filipinos pay homage to all the efforts of the heroes in the country. It was initially celebrated on the 30th of November during the birthday of the founder of the Katipunan, Andres Bonifacio.

In 2007, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo signed Republic Act 9492 which mandates that if the event of a regular or special holiday falls on Wednesday, it should be observed to the nearest Monday. This law made lots of Filipino employees happy.

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Based on a report from CNN, President Rodrigo “Digong” Roa Duterte was supposed to lead the celebration of National Heroes’ Day at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, Fort Bonifacio in Taguig City today. This year’s theme is “Pagkilala sa Bayaning Pilipino: Matapang, Magiting at Makabayan.”

However, the 74-year-old chief executive decided to skip the event. Senator Christopher “Bong” Go revealed the reason why he couldn’t come.

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According to the report, Sen. Bong Go said President Rodrigo Duterte stayed up until 4:30 a.m., therefore, he has to pass the 8 a.m. event in Taguig to rest. The senator assured the public that there is nothing to worry about the health of the Davaoeño politician.

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Despite the presidents’ absence at the event, he sent a message to pay tribute to the brave actions of the Filipino heroes.

READ Duterte’s Message Below:

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Based on a report from Rappler, House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano will attend the National Heroes Day celebration in Taguig. He’ll be representing the president at the event.

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