By Fred M. Lobo
President Duterte has urged Filipinos to reflect on their Christian values and embody “selflessness, compassion, and love.”
Time to reflect… and show more compassion and love for others, DU30 says.
“Let us remember to always help and uplift the downtrodden,” Duterte added in his Holy Week message.
Let’s help the needy and disadvantage.
“Only through relationship with God, charitable actions that we can make God’s presence visible among “us,” Duterte elaborated.
Charity reflects God. Let’s do it.
Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Tagle also urged the faithful to focus on Jesus Christ for a renewal of faith.
“I invite you all to focus on Jesus, look at Jesus, listen to Jesus for us to deeply know Him again,” he said.
The Manila archbishop also appealed to Catholics to share their blessings especially with Alay Kapwa and the fund-raising program of the Church.
Time to share and remember thy brothers.
Malacañang has assured that all the necessary security measures are in place to ensure a peaceful and solemn observance of Holy Week.
Be at peace, be safe, Palace said.
“Appropriate security measures are in place to ensure public safety. These include additional deployments in various areas aimed at safeguarding places of convergence, such as transport terminals, churches, malls, and other public recreation areas,” presidential spokesman Harry Roque said.
The government is watching. All areas covered, Roque assured.
The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said that “no specific threat” has been monitored for this Holy Week, but security measures will still be implemented.
“There is no specific threat monitored for the Holy Week but the AFP will not put its guard down. We will continue to conduct appropriate security measures where needed to safeguard vulnerable communities,” the AFP said in a statement.
Yes to safeguards.
However, the military said the public should also to be on alert during the holidays and help “detect, deter, and frustrate any move by criminals and terrorists.”
Yes to vigilance. Yes to public safety.