MANILA - As the nation gears up to celebrate Christmas, President Rodrigo Duterte called on Filipinos to help the needy.
In his Christmas message released ahead of Christmas Day, the President urged Filipinos to reflect on the meaning of the holidays.
"In the midst of all the revelry and festivity, may we also remember our brothers and sisters who are in need so that we can become instruments for the betterment of their lives," Duterte said.
"...[L]et us celebrate Christ's life by finding in our hearts the true meaning of His birth and becoming the personification of the Almighty's grace and love," said Duterte, who counts inclusive growth among this priority programs.
Malacañang earlier released a video of the President's Christmas greeting, where he urged Filipinos to commemorate this holiday season by remembering heroes and victims of the five-month conflict in Marawi City.