By HOUSE SPEAKER FELICIANO R. BELMONTE JR.
We commemorate the Yuletide season mindful of our countrymen gravely affected by the recent natural disasters. Our efforts leading to the end of the year have been directed towards becoming vital cogs of the national government in the recovery and rehabilitation of the victims of the earthquake and Typhoon “Yolanda” in the Visayas, particularly in Cebu, Bohol and Leyte. Our resilience as a people was tested and we take pride in having shown and taught the world once again the uniquely Filipino value of “bayanihan.”
These trials and tribulations have undoubtedly made our people stronger. I trust that these fortuitous events made us realize the need to be united as we steer the nation to a path of sustained, equitable, and all-inclusive growth. I urge each and every citizen to be extraordinarily magnanimous, especially to our countrymen whose lives have been forever changed by these unfortunate events. I implore you to open
your hearts and channel Christ’s selflessness and compassion.
During this holiday season, let us be thankful for all the blessings that have been showered upon the country, as we celebrate Christ’s message of faith, hope, and love. This occasion reminds us of a time where differences have been set aside for unity and brotherhood to prevail, having witnessed our fellow Filipinos’ selfless efforts to bring effective aid as well as the international community’s tremendous efforts to extend assistance to our devastated countrymen. This Christmas reminds us of a moment where nationhood prevails throughout the archipelago and peace reigns supreme.
May the essence of Christ’s birth endure in our hearts as we all relentlessly move forward as one to attain our common goals of true peace, genuine kinship, and boundless prosperity.
Maligayang Pasko po sa inyong lahat!