The Department of National Defense joins the entire nation in honoring the 125th Anniversary of the Martyrdom of Dr. Jose Rizal, with the theme, “Rizal: Para sa Agham, Katotohanan, at Buhay.”
As a pioneer in many scientific fields, Dr. Rizal valued the pursuit of knowledge. He believed that a nation must be enlightened and united to allow it to emerge from a dark period in its history. This fierce love for country, as manifested in his brilliant and enduring works, continues to inspire and move our people to action centuries hence.
In commemorating the life and legacy of Dr. Rizal, we are reminded of the continuing battles we face as a country, and how we can overcome them with the same devotion and courage as our national hero. May we always remember his ideals and the ultimate sacrifice he made to defend and uphold our nation's dignity.
Bagama't nakamit na natin ang ating kalayaan, nawa' y magsilbi pa ring inspirasyon ang kanyang kabayanihan upang pagbutihin natin ang ating mga sarili at maging kabahagi ng pag-unlad ng bayan. Let us always strive to fulfill our responsibilities as dutiful citizens in the service of our countrymen, just as Dr. Rizal did.
Secretary Delfin N. Lorenzana
Department of National Defense