MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday urged Filipinos to carry the spirit of communal unity and compassion for the needy in welcoming the Lunar New Year.
Duterte said the Year of the Water Tiger “is hoped to bring us good fortune and renewed strength as we recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and other challenges that have tested our mettle as a nation.”
“It is my fervent prayer that 2022 will be a better year for all of us, in terms of wealth, health, relationships and progress,” the President said in his Chinese New Year message.
“As we look forward to the blessings of this auspicious occasion, let us continue to demonstrate the ideals of bayanihan and malasakit, especially to those who are most in need,” he continued.
“Let us all look forward to more opportunities for growth and prosperity in the New Year and become instruments of peace, harmony and generosity to all.”
Vice President Leni Robredo said the new year brings the message that, "Sa kabila ng anumang hamon, palaging may pag-asa, palaging puwedeng magsimulang muli; na anumang pagsubok ang dumating, malalagpasan natin ito hindi sa pagkakanya-kanya, hindi sa pagtatalo, kundi sa pakikisalo at pakikipagkapwa."
(Despite whatever challenge, there is always hope, one can always start again, that whatever test comes, we can surpass it not by acting separately, not through arguments, but rather, through unity and fellowship.)
"Maraming salamat sa tiwala, suporta, at pakikiisa ninyo sa mga pangarap natin para sa bansa. I wish you all a happy, peaceful, and prosperous year ahead," she said in a separate message.
(Thank you for your trust, support, and cooperation with our dreams for the country.)
Duterte has declared Tuesday as a special non-working day to commemorate the Chinese New Year.
Manila, home to one of the biggest Filipino-Chinese communities, has canceled festivities for this occasion to limit the spread of COVID-19.