PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte called on Filipinos to be guided by the ideas of compassion, kindness, and reconciliation this Christmas.
In a video message, Duterte noted how Christmas is the time when Filipinos honor and gather to celebrate the nativity of Jesus Christ and share life’s blessings with one another. He also reminded all to contemplate on the narrative of Christ’s birth.
“Once again, it is the time of the year where we honor, gather our families and friends to celebrate the nativity of Jesus, share life’s many blessings and demonstrate our love and gratitude for each other,” Duterte said in his message aired over PTV-4 Friday night.
“As we take part in this joyous occasion, may we contemplate on the worth of the lessons that we can learn from the narrative of Christ’s birth,” he added.
The President then urged the people to unite and bring peace in the country as the year comes to a close.
“Let the ideas of compassion, kindness, and reconciliation guide as we embrace our countrymen in the spirit of shared humanity,” Duterte said.
“Together let us bring hope and peace in our nation this Yuletide season as we welcome the coming year with much hope and optimism,” he added.
“I wish everyone a happy and meaningful Christmas,” he ended.
Last Christmas, Duterte urged Filipinos to show true compassion and remember the sacrifice of those who risked their lives, and were affected, by the five-month war in Marawi City, Lanao del Sur.
“In the midst of all merriment, let us pause and remember our countrymen who have lost their lives fighting for the integrity of our country, and for those who lost their homes and loved ones in the recent war, those who are far from their families, and those who are not as fortunate and as blessed as most of us,” Duterte said in his short video message.
“Let us show our true compassion and include them in our supplications during the Yuletide season,” he added.
The President also reiterated his wish for the country and for the Filipino people.
“And as always, I wish a progressive and peaceful country, and for the prosperity of our countrymen,” Duterte said.