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VP Leni to Filipinos: Remain steadfast in our quest to spread kindness, truth.

Despite the hatred and culture of fear and violence that had engulfed the country, Vice President Leni Robredo sees another year full of hope for Filipinos.

'Marami tayong pagsubok na hinaharap at haharapin pa. Nandiyan ang pagkalat ng negatibismo at galit, paglaganap ng kultura ng takot at karahasan sa ating lipunan,' Robredo said in her New Year's message.

(We have faced, and will continue to face, challenges. There were the spreading of negativism and hatred, proliferation of the culture of fear and violence in our society.)

'Ngunit sa kabila ng mga ito, naging saksi tayo sa katotohanan: na ang bawat Pilipino ay tanglaw ng pag-asa,' she said.

(But aside from all of these, we became witnesses of truth: That each and every Filipino had become a beacon of hope.)

Amidst the negativity, the Vice President lauded Filipinos' innate kindness and compassion.

'Sa bawat komunidad na ating pinuntahan at sa bawat pamilya na ating nakasalamuha, nakita natin ang kabutihan at habag ng bawat isa para sa ating kapwa,' Robredo said.

(In every community we visited and every family we met, we saw kidness and sympathy for our fellow Filipinos.)

She urged people to remain steadfast and determined in addressing the plight of the poor and the victims of human rights abuses.

'Nananatili tayong matatag at determinado sa ating adhikain na iangat ang ating mga kababayan mula sa kahirapan at ipagtanggol ang mga karapatan ng bawat Pilipino,' she said.

(We remain steadfast and determined in our commitment to uplift the lives of Filipinos from poverty and fight for their rights.) /jpv

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Publication:Philippines Daily Inquirer (Makati City, Philippines)
Date:Dec 31, 2017
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