Gov’t to the public: Don’t lose sight of the true meaning of Christmas

Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta

By Tracy Cabrera

MANILA — Amidst preparations for tonight’s Christmas noche buena despite the lingering threat of the coronavirus pandemic that has prompted government to impose strict quarantine protocols, Malacañang has called on Filipinos to extend more compassion, understanding and patience to their fellowmen.

This came in parallel with a Christmas message from no less than Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta urging Filipinos to strive for a genuine celebration of hope, unity and service for others.

President Rodrigo Duterte’s spokesperson Atty. Harry Roque enjoined the public to endure the ongoing health crisis even as the country “struggles to confront the various challenges that we faced this year.”

“The pandemic and the natural disasters brought fear and sadness but during these difficult times, we heal and recover as one,” Roque quoted from the Duterte administrations byword in response to the pandemic.

“Amid these challenges, there are ‘silver linings’ that Filipinos can be thankful for. May this Christmas be filled with hope, peace and joy,” he stressed.

The palace official likewise reminded everyone that as (the country) celebrates the Yuletide season, Filipinos must remember to share their blessings to their brothers and sisters who have been badly affected by natural or personal tragedies.

He went on: “I hope that we give more compassion, understanding, and patience to our fellowmen. It is high time that we collectively unite as one nation and one people for a better Philippines.”

For his part, the Chief Justice said that (although) “festivities this year will be expectedly different, (the) crisis should remind all of us that in more ways than one (we should) be grateful for the things we have been blessed with: the company of good friends, the value of good health, and the unconditional love of one’s family.”

“While prudence and safety concerns dictate that we forego traditional celebrations and gatherings this season, may we not lose sight of the true spirit of this beautiful occasion: living a life of humility and compassion, the way Christ Himself has taught us,” he added.

Peralta continued: “May we all strive to the holidays this year a genuine celebration of hope, unity, and service for others. And may peace and love for one another reign in our hearts this season and beyond.”

In conclusion, government is calling on Filipinos to skip the usual gatherings this Christmas and New Year holidays to curtail the further spread of Covid-19. (AI/MTVN)

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