Pres. Duterte to Filipinos: Strength of character, indomitable spirit help us survive

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte during a public event. (PIA NCR file photo)

CALOOCAN CITY, Dec. 25 (PIA) -- In his Christmas Day message of hope, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte praised the Filipino's "strength of character" and their “indomitable spirit” that have helped them "survive and rise" above it all, amid the many challenges facing them this year.

The President also acknowledged that this year has been a “trying time” for everyone as many lives were affected and forever changed due to the global pandemic and an onslaught of natural calamities.

"My fellow Filipinos, 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," Duterte said.

“But through it all, we continue to survive and rise because of our unity, strength and indomitable spirit of (the) Filipinos,” he added.

He also noted that amid the "darkness, poverty, and suffering" experienced by his Kababayans, there is always hope through the Grace of God.

"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."

The President added that part of the holiday spirit should manifest itself in Filipinos bringing love and cheer to those in need.

“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,” he said.

In closing, he wished Filipinos a “meaningful” celebration and reminded them to remain hopeful for better days ahead.

To recall, this is the first Christmas celebrated in the Philippines in recent history under a global health pandemic. (PIA NCR)

Source: Philippines Information Agency (

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