MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday commended mothers in the Philippines and elsewhere in the world in celebration of Mother's Day.
In a video message posted on the Facebook page of Duterte's former aide and senatorial candidate Bong Go, the chief executive wished mothers "a very happy and contented life."
Duterte said he knew how it was to be a mother after witnessing the hardships of his own mother, Soledad.
"I know how is it to be a mother because may nanay ako at nakita ko ang hirap at ginhawang ginawa niya para sa pamilya ko [I have a mother and I saw the hardships and relief she did for my family]," he said.
Soledad was a teacher who led Davao's Yellow Friday Movement, which was crucial to the success of the EDSA Revolution that toppled the rule of the late President Ferdinand Marcos.
The president's mother died on February 4, 2012 at the age of 95.
Duterte visited his mother's grave during her death anniversary last February.
In a statement, Malacañang also paid tribute to mothers.
"Nobody, not even the fathers, can equal the tender, love and care that mothers shower their children from the time of their birth till their growing years," said Presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo.
"The sacrifice the mothers make to provide their sons and daughters sustenance, growth and development of their potentials is immeasurable and incomparable," Panelo added in the statement.