Senators have called on the public to pray for and help victims of tropical storms “Urduja” and “Vinta” as they celebrate Christmas today.
“The Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ symbolizes the hope of new things for us: Of beginnings, of rebirths, of starting over again,” Sen. Nancy Binay said.
“Nawa’y gamitin natin ang pag-asang dala ng kapanganakan ni Kristo upang bigyang muli ng bagong simula ang ating mga buhay, lalong-lalo na ang mga kapatid nating nasalanta ng mga kalamidad at mga sakuna,” Binay added.
“We always find hope and joy in celebrating Christmas, and I firmly believe in the enormity of the Filipinos’ heart, full of warmth and compassion, charity, and faith. Let us share the happiness and the love in our hearts to lift the spirits and improve the lives of those struck by accidents, incidents, and tragedies in the past,” she said.
Sen. Grace Poe said she hopes this Christmas season would be an outpouring of love and compassion for the families in shelters due to fighting and calamities; for the relatives crying out for justice for their killed kin; for our men in uniform in the field; for our Overseas Filipino Workers in faraway places; and for the zestful youth, especially those who make use of social media to make their voices heard.
“We pray for strength and resilience for the victims, as we gather support to make them overcome this tragedy, especially this holiday season,” Poe said.
Sen. Leila M. de Lima urged the public to pray for and help those who would be spending Christmas in evacuation centers due to tropical cyclones and the armed conflict in Mindanao, especially in Marawi City. (Hannah L. Torregoza)