By Elena L. Aben
Resist temptation and be true servant-leaders, President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Monday told government officials.
The Chief Executive said this in his message for the observance of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day released by Malacañang late yesterday afternoon.
As he joined the Catholic faithful in remembering departed loved ones, Duterte said that “these two events remind us that, even though all things come to pass, our deeds will outlast our mortal lives.”
“No amount of success, power, or position can ever compensate for the greed and corruption of human character. Truly, Christ was right in asking the question: ‘For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world yet forfeit his own soul?,’” he added.
And with this, the President made a call especially to those in government service.
“I, therefore, ask my fellow workers in government and the entire Filipino people to heed not the temptations of the temporal world. Let us, rather, answer the call to be true servant-leaders; let us accumulate riches, not for ourselves, but for future generations and for the life that comes after,” he said.
“With a keen appreciation for the immaterial treasures that bring us closer to God, let us continue to pursue an agenda for genuine change that will be for the best interests of our people,” his message continued.
Duterte likewise wished everyone a solemn and meaningful remembrance.
“I hope that we cherish with fondness, love, and gratitude the spiritual inheritance left by our ancestors and loved ones on their special day. May the nation receive the blessings of God as we exalt and emulate the holy men and women whose lives have inspired generations,” he said.