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Albay Gov. Bichara on Independence Day: Let’s free ourselves from poverty

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Albay Governor Al Francis Bichara has reminded the people that while our forefathers have fought for our independence, the Filipinos still need to win another battle, it is the fight against poverty.

In his message, Bichara said that the Philippines has been colonized for about 400 years and our heroes have long fought for out freedom.

“Humigit-kumulang 400 taon na ang Pilipinas ay nasa ilalim ng mga banyagang bansa. Matagal na ipinaglaban ng ating mga bayani ang ating kalayaan sa kolonyalismo,” he said.

Bichara said that we owe our freedom we have today to those who sacrificed their lives.

“Ngayong tayo ay malaya na sa anumang bansa, ibang kalayaan naman ang ating ipinaglalaban: kalayaan sa kahirapan,” he said.

He urged the Filipinos to work hand in hand to achieve progress and development.

“Sa pagdiriwang natin ng Araw ng Kalayaan, magtulong-tulong tayong lumaya sa hirap at paunlarin ang ating bayan. Mabuhay ang Pilipinas,” he said.

“The freedom that we have now cost the blood and lives of those people who cared so much for our country. Be proud that you are Filipino,” Bichara also said.