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Ex-nat'l defense chief graces symposium for peace in Butuan

By Robert E. Roperos

Butuan City (30 November) -- "We should preserve our culture for the future generations". This is what former Department of National Defense (DND) and National Security Council (NSC) Sec. Norberto Gonzales said highlighting his keynote speech today (Nov. 30) during the "Symposium for Peace" as part of the celebration of the 2010 Mindanao Week of Peace, with a theme: "Responsive and Responsible Governance: Key to Peace, Development and Sustainability.

Mr. Gonzales recalled his experience when former Pres. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo asked the Kuwait Emir for the release of some 50 OFWs who are in jail and fortunately, the Kuwaiti official said he will release not only 50 Filipinos but all Pinoys that are imprisoned, telling that Filipinos are special to them since some of their princes' nannies are pinays. "This shows how important are Filipinos to the world," he said. With this, Gonzales said, we have to be proud of our race?

Also, Gonzales said Filipinos have restored religion's faith in the world. He recalled one of his experiences where he was able to visit a church in Paris and found out that the church was full with people of all ages attending the mass. He also said, OFWs abroad should preserve the Filipino culture of being a religious "because our culture is one of a kind," he said.

Moreover, he said, our embassies worldwide should also utilize their vicinities as worship grounds for OFWs to continuously pray and be able to preserve our culture as religious citizens. (PIA-Caraga) [top]

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