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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte on Monday joined the Catholic faithful in offering their prayers on All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day observed on November 1 and 2, respectively.
In his message, the President said the two events served as a reminder that "even though all things come to pass, deed will outlast our moral 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, 'What does it profit a man to gain the whole world yet forfeit his own soul?'" Duterte said.
"I therefore ask my fellow workers in government and the entire Filipino people to heed not the temptations of the temporal world," he added.
With a keen appreciation for the immaterial treasures that bring everyone closer to God, Duterte urged the public to continue pursuing an agenda for genuine change that will be for the interests of the people.
"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.
"I hope that we cherish with fondness, love, and gratitude the spiritual inheritance left by our ancestors and loved ones on their special day."
The President then wished everyone a "solemn and meaningful" commemoration of All Saints' Dat and All Souls' Day.
"May the nation receive the blessings of God as we exalt and emulate the holy men whose lives have inspired generations," Duterte said. - SunStar