PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte on Easter Sunday urged Filipinos to be optimistic that "better and new beginnings" will come even as the country faces the threat of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
The triumph of the risen Christ presents us all with hopeful assurance that even as we face adversities, there is always hope of better and new beginnings," Duterte said in his Easter Sunday message.
"In this time of renewal, we are reminded of the grace that comes from selfless love that is able to transcend diverse cultures, faiths, backgrounds and even circumstances," he added.
The President encouraged Filipinos to let the Easter "fill us with gladness and enable us to find solace and strength in the narrative of the Resurrection," he said.
He believes that the Easter's "message of forgiveness will inspire us to live our days with gratitude and humility, with further acts of kindness and charity to our families, friends and to those who are most in need."
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Duterte says he warned Filipinos about COVID-19 'at the start' "Let this day bring us all profound happiness and purpose as we join hands in shaping a better and brighter future for the entire nation," the President said.
As of Saturday, there were a total of 4,428 reported cases of COVID-19 in the Philippines, with 247 deaths and 157 recoveries.