President Rodrigo Duterte believes that Filipinos will see brighter days this year amid the crisis brought about by the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.
“I am confident that all of us will see brighter days ahead because we believe in the indomitable spirit of the Filipino,” he said in his New Year message on Friday.
Duterte admitted that 2020 has been difficult but Filipinos endured.
“We ended the previous year with so much difficulties and trials, but with much gratitude. It was because we endured everything — sustained by our distinct resilience as a people.”
The President said the nation also learned from the health crisis and adversity.
“We realized the value of human life and our relationships with each other. We understood what it means to be a family, a community, a nation. We learned to share and to look after the welfare of our brethren,” he said. “This New Year 2021, let us be mindful of all the blessings we have received and on how fortunate we are.”