Duterte tells Filipinos to 'find strength in the Resurrection' as PH battles COVID-19

Gillan Ropero, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 12 2020 08:09 AM

Duterte tells Filipinos to 'find strength in the Resurrection' as PH battles COVID-19 1
President Rodrigo Duterte updates the nation on the government's efforts in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic at the Malago Clubhouse in Malacañang on April 6, 2020. Ace Morandante, Presidential Photo

MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte on Easter Sunday told Filipinos to "find solace and strength in the narrative of the Resurrection" as the country battles the COVID-19 pandemic.

"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 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."

The President said he hopes the Resurrection's "message of forgiveness" would inspire Filipinos to live their days with "gratitude and humility, with further acts of kindness and charities to our families, friends, and to those who are most in need."

"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. Happy Easter to you," he said.

Malacañang earlier said Duterte spent the Holy Week in Manila to focus on the government's response to the pandemic.

As of Saturday, the Philippines has recorded 4,428 cases of COVID-19, including 247 deaths and 157 recoveries. 

The tally could continue to climb following the country's acquisition of more test kits and the accreditation of additional screening laboratories, the health department earlier said.

Metro Manila and the entire Luzon, home to about half of the country's 100 million people, is under lockdown until April 30 to address the contagion.