DAVAO CITY- Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio has urged Davaoenos to unite in pursuing lasting peace for the city and for the country. She urged to get inspiration from the valor of the veterans to be resilient.
“Let us all be of one mind in this pursuit of achieving lasting peace for our city and for our nation, a pursuit that is not the sole responsibility of our uniformed personnel but of all of us Dabawenyos. This I say because in every plan that we lay out, in every dream that we hold on to freedom and peace is demanded for its realization,” she said in her message read by City Administrator Zuleika Lopez in the nation’s recent celebration of the Araw ng Kagitingan.
She also urged Davaoenos to recall the acts of valor of the heroes of decades past and also remember the valor rendered in the battles lines of the Mamasapano and Marawi.
“We are reminded how our fight for freedom and peace can also be challenged within our very homeland. Let us look back not with resentment, pity, or misery for the wounds that we all wear from those dark times rather to look back with love and gratitude for the valor of our veterans and our forefathers the valor that continues to inspire us today to stand tall, united, and resilient,” she said.
She also encouraged the youth, to take good lessons both the past and the present times in building a safe, secure, peaceful and progressive nation.
Duterte-Carpio also considered sisterhood agreements as integral tools in sustainable development. Presently, Davao City has sisterhood agreements with Kitakyushu City, Jinjiang and Nanning in China, Bitung and Manado in Indonesia, Kawaii County in Hawaii, San Juan City, Quezon City, municipality of Liloan in Cebu, Marikina City and Angeles City.
“And while we celebrate these bilateral and multilateral relations, we do not set aside the we do not set aside the sacrifices of yesterday's war and oppression. As our nation continues to strengthen partnerships with our foreign allies, a renewed perspective between our countries is established against adversities in the past,” she said.