'WE WILL RISE': Duterte calls on Filipinos' 'indomitable spirit' amid pandemic

 By Sydney Antoinette Alipao

President Rodrigo Duterte (PHOTO: Presidential Communications)

Despite the loss of several lives due to COVID-19 pandemic and the calamities that hit the Philippines, President Rodrigo Duterte called on Filipinos' "indomitable spirit," and to help those who are in need saying it will help the country to "survive and rise."

“This year has been a trying time for all of us. Many lives were lost and forever changed due to COVID-19 pandemic and several natural calamities. But through it all, we continue to survive and rise because of our unity, strength and indomitable spirit of [the] Filipino,” said Duterte in his Christmas message, Thursday.

According to Duterte, Christmas is a time of hope and sharing, emphasizing Jesus Christ's birth as a reminder to observe optimism despite darkness, poverty, and suffering.

“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,” the President said.

Vice President Leni Robredo, on the other hand, encouraged the Filipino community to remain steadfast despite the mishaps.

However, she lamented on this year's Christmas difference from the previous.

 “There are no Christmas parties and caroling, no large dinners, and celebrations are far from one another. But in spite of these changes, we draw strength from things that are certain: the goodness of others and (the) encompassing love of our Lord," Robredo uttered.

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