MANILA- Malacañang urged Filipinos to be understanding and compassionate this Christmas season.
In a Christmas message released Wednesday, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo called on Filipinos to "start seeing good on everything."
“Let us have a heart of compassion for others, understanding and tolerance for those disagreeing with us, and forgiving those who offend and pain us," he said.
According to Panelo, decades of indifference and hatred have impeded the growth of the nation and have divided Filipinos as a people.
"The time has come to disengage and unchain ourselves from the negatives that engulf us. Let us convert the thorns that prick us into ladders till we reach the petals of roses of progress," he said.
"Let us move forward. Let us begin. Let us love one another," Panelo added.