In his 2017 Christmas Message, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte urged the public to contemplate and remember those who died for the country and include them in our prayers this Christmas.
Here’s the full excerpt of President Rodrigo Duterte’s Christmas Message:
“As we celebrate this year’s most festive and joyful season, I would like to greet all my fellow Filipinos, a very Merry Christmas.
And in the midst of all merriment, let us pause and remember our countrymen, who have lost their lives fighting for 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 fortunate and as blessed as most of us, let us show a true compassion and include them in our supplications during the yuletide season.
And as always, I wish a progressive and peaceful country, and for the prosperity of our countrymen. Maligayang Pasko at Manigong Bagong taon sa ating lahat.”