Dr. Jose Rizal. Gat Andres Bonifacio. Heneral Antonio Luna. Diego Silang. Apolinario Mabini. These are just some of the known heroes who died for our independence and sovereignty. Add to this list the thousands of soldiers who died fighting for our country. For them, the Philippines and the Filipino people are worth dying for. But with what is happening in our country today, the most dreaded question has been raised: are the Filipino people still worth dying for?
The Philippines has been facing a crisis recently. Police have been ‘allegedly’ killing suspects on purpose to promote the government’s war on dr$gs, the rate of poverty has been increasingly alarming, there are several reports of animal cruelty here and there and the youth knows more about celebrities and showbiz happenings rather than the history and culture of the country. Also, many children are now being involved in illegal activities especially those which relates to the use and distribution of illegal dr$gs, and the most controversial issue recently involves the the inaction of the government with regards to the various attempts of the Chinese Government to take all of our natural resources in West Philippine Sea and terrorize our fishermen.
Our heroes died for our sovereignty and independence but it seems that nowadays, we are freely giving it away. It seems as though the vision of our heroes for us Filipino people did not even come to life. Now, this raises the question, “Are the Filipino people still worth dying for?” and the answer is yes. Despite all of the injustices, despite the cruelty shown by our own people to our own citizens, even despite the fact that the government is not fighting for our rights, the Filipinos are still worth dying for.
It is during these hard times that our country needs us more. It is during these times when we must exert the effort to fight for our people even if that means dying for our country. Our love for our people and the motherland does not stop when faced with injustice and hopelessness; rather, these happenings should be the fuel. It should serve as the spark that will ignite the fire within our hearts – the passion to fight for our motherland.
To today’s youth, never let what’s happening around you weaken your love for your country and for your people. Instead, use it as a motivation. It is in times like this when our motherland and our people needs us the most. Be strong, be courageous, and stand up for your country. Never ask yourself “Are the Filipino people still worth dying for?”, instead, tell yourself “The Filipino people are still worth dying for.”