Duterte wants you to know he got highest award from the Knights of Rizal.
On Thursday night, the Knights of Rizal conferred the highest honor it gives to an individual on President Rodrigo Duterte in a ceremony at the SMX Convention Center in Davao City.
He was honored with the Knight Grand Cross of Rizal Rank by the supreme commander of the KofR and former Chief Justice Reynato Puno. The event was also the 21st international convention of the knighthood.
The award was in recognition for his “unprecedented victory as President and (sic) restoring people’s faith in government.”
Duterte said he hoped to give justice the honor given to him by carrying out reforms in government and effecting real change in the country.
He noted that it would be good to revisit the writings and undertakings of the country’s national hero Dr. Jose Rizal, saying that his life was “a heroic struggle to dignify the Filipino people.”
Duterte reiterated his plan to shift to a federal type of government, saying that “it was Rizal who first saw the merits and the advantages of such system of government.”
The President then urged the people to “reexamine” the thoughts, aspirations and visions of Jose Rizal for the country saying that his wisdom continues to be relevant to the nation in present time.
“You can be a Rizal, I can be Rizal in our own modest ways and within the limits of our competence and capacities. We can all be Rizals,” he ended.