President Rodrigo Duterte linked the past and the present in his message on the occasion of the 124th anniversary of the declaration of Philippine Independence on 12 June.,In the message released by the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO), Duterte said: “The shared narrative that we have weaved throughout history has never ceased in teaching us what values to hold and which lessons to remember.,,“While we draw strength from learning our past, we must continue believing that there is still wisdom to be gained from our present choices, decisions, and actions so we can shape a better future for our people.”