Duterte urges Filipinos to emulate Christ's empathy, share blessings this Christmas

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Posted at Dec 24 2019 07:13 PM | Updated as of Dec 24 2019 09:01 PM

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers a speech during the 84th anniversary of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) at the Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo in Quezon City on December 17, 2019. Rey Baniquet, Presidential Photo/file

MANILA- President Rodrigo Duterte called on Filipinos to open their hearts and share their blessings this Christmas.

In his Christmas message, the President urged the nation to “emulate Christ's empathy and kindness by opening our hearts and extending our hands to everyone, especially tho those who are less fortunate, and sharing with them the bounty and blessings we have received in the past year."

“This season is a perfect time, not only to partake in our traditions, but also to reflect on the importance of family as the center of our celebration," he said.

Duterte also called on Filipinos all over the world to serve as an inspiration to others through their "small acts of benevolence."

“As we delight ourselves in the warmth of our loved ones, let us strengthen our bonds and deepen our relationships with one another,” he said.

"Together, let us rejoice in Christ's compassion and celebrate our shared humanity as we steer our nation towards a brighter tomorrow," Duterte added.

The President said he and his family will be having a "simple" Christmas celebration in Davao City, just like in previous years.