President Rodrigo Roa Duterte wished the Filipino people a “meaningful” Christmas guided with ideals of compassion and reconciliation.
“To my countrymen, my sincerest and most heartfelt greetings to all Filipinos, both here and abroad, as we celebrate Christmas,” President Duterte said in his Christmas message.
“Once again, it is the time of the year where we honor, gather our families and friends to celebrate the nativity of Jesus, share life’s many blessings and demonstrate our love and gratitude for each other.
“Let us all take this joyous occasion to contemplate on the worth of the lessons that we can learn from the narrative of Christ’s birth.
“Let the ideas of compassion, kindness, and reconciliation guide us as we embrace our countrymen in the spirit of shared humanity.
“Together let us bring hope and peace in our nation this Yuletide season as we welcome the coming year with much hope and optimism.
“I wish everyone a happy and meaningful Christmas,” President Duterte said.