Thursday, January 2, 2020

Duterte to Pinoys: Unite in nation-building

With two years remaining in his six-year term, President Duterte called on Filipinos to shun negativity as the world looks forward to the start of another decade.

He also urged Filipinos to start being patriotic by working with the government in nation-building, rather than engage in worthless discussions that divide the country.
“As this administration enters its fourth year, I am hopeful that all our policies and programs for the improved welfare of our citizens and the continued progress of the Philippines will be realized with the active participation of everyone,” Duterte said in a written New Year message.

“Let us begin anew with a stronger commitment in our shared task of nation-building and ensure that all our development efforts will be made sustainable and inclusive,” the President said.
Duterte joined the entire Filipino nation and the world in welcoming the New Year, citing also the importance of marking the occasion with loved ones and “filled with gratitude for blessings” received in the past year.

The President also saw 2020 as another opportunity to work on new roads “for the wonderful possibilities ahead.”

“While the New Year is indeed a time to reflect on lessons learned, it is also an opportune time to do better and aim higher,” Duterte said.
“With the guidance and grace of the Almighty, and the enduring spirit of bayanihan and malasakit, I am confident that we will achieve a stronger and brighter future for our people,” the Chief Executive added.

Hope and peace in 2020 – Tagle

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle yesterday asked Catholics not to give up on dialogue that would bring peace, reconciliation and ecological conversion.
In his homily during the New Year’s Eve mass at the Manila Cathedral last Tuesday evening, Tagle said even Pope Francis pointed out that people should continue to hope and work toward peace and reconciliation.

“Pope Francis issued a message for World Day of Peace, and ours is journeying in hope through dialogue, reconciliation and ecological conversion. There would be no peace if we do not hope,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) in its New Year’s message expressed its support for all peaceful means to resolve problems in the country such as insurgency and political and extrajudicial killings (EJKs).