Duterte urges Pinoys: Spread hope even in darkness, poverty, and suffering

 By Deighton Acuin

President Rodrigo Duterte (PHOTO: Presidential Communications)

President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday told Filipinos to spread hope in birth of Jesus Christ despite the coronavirus pandemic.

In a televised Christmas address, Duterte, who widely criticized for controversial "God stupid" remark, said public should continue to survive and rise amid the pandemic and recent calamities because of "indomitable spirit, unity, and  strength."

“This Christmas season, let the story of Jesus Christ’s birth remind us that we should always have hope even in darkness, poverty, and suffering,” Duterte said.

“Let us also allow Christ into our lives so that we could bring love and cheer not only to our families and friends but also to those who are most in need. May we all have a meaningful celebration and let us be hopeful for the better days ahead,” Duterte added.

Filipinos will celebrate this year's Christmas with the threat of pandemic, which recorded atleast 460,000 infections in the country.

In a bid to curb the spread of infectious disease, the government discouraged the public from conducting gatherings and celebrate Christmas and New Year by means of virtual platforms instead.

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