/ 31 December 2021

SENATOR Richard Gordon on Thursday urged the youth to seek and stand for truth amid attempts by some quarters to spread lies and disinformation.

During the commemoration of the 125th anniversary of Dr. Jose Rizal’s martyrdom, Gordon said the Filipino people should follow the exemplary bravery and courage of Rizal and other national heroes, especially in fighting for truth and justice.

“Rizal was the embodiment of the line ‘…ang mamatay nang dahil sa iyo’ in our national anthem ‘Lupang Hinirang’. He sacrificed his life at 35 years old for exposing the cold, hard truth in what was a society full of injustice,” he said.

“Kahit hindi na tayo magbuwis ng buhay, nawa ay tumindig tayo sa paghahanap ng katotohanan sapagkat ang lipunan ay nababalot ng katakot-takot na kasinungalingan,” he added.

Rizal is recognized worldwide for his efforts to improve himself through education.

At a young age, he learned numerous languages, which became a useful tool in his worldwide journey.

Gordon lamented that disinformation has become prevalent oftentimes to suit the whims of many, especially those who have sinister political agenda.

“We must enrich ourselves every day by constant education; we must strive to be knowledgeable for us to become a faster and stronger Philippines. With the grace of God, we will rise from this pandemic,” he added.