PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte yesterday urged the public to be “instruments of peace” as he addressed millions of Catholics who celebrated Easter Sunday.
Easter, the most important day in the Catholic Church’s liturgical calendar, commemorates the day Christians believe Jesus rose from the dead.
Christ’s resurrection “is truly an occasion of hope and inspiration for all of as we commemorate the narrative of the Savior’s sacrifice on the cross and how He restored as to the fullness of life,” Duterte said in a statement.
“May this time of new beginnings inspire us to always choose what is good and uplifting. Let us strive to be instruments of peace in our families and communities and foster greater harmony and understanding wherever and whenever it is most needed,” Duterte urged the public.
Duterte said he also expressed hope Easter would be a time to “rekindle our shared commitment in nation-building, especially in the upcoming midterm elections.”
“May it (elections) become an exercise of integrity and reflect the true will of the people. It is my hope that the evil caused by the societal ills we are confronting today will be swept away by our strong faith in the Almighty,” Duterte added.