The country’s two highest-ranking leaders called on Filipinos to reflect on the message of Lent to renew their faith even amid the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdowns.

Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo said Holy Week should be seen as an opportunity to revive hope.

“Nakasara man ang mga bahay at kalsada, tinatawag naman tayo na laging buksan ang ating mga puso at isip sa mensahe ng kaligtasan ng dala ni Kristo. Hinihimok tayong gamitin ‘yung pagkakataon para huminto sumandali at magnilay to revive our faith and to renew our hopes,” Robredo said in a video message.

Robredo said Filipinos could find hope by following Christ’s example of charity.

“Pope Francis said we were made by God for love, and love is the greatest expression of hope. We find hope and we give hope by loving and following the footsteps of Christ.”

The vice president also stressed the need for collective action in this pandemic by educating others and demanding better governance.

“Love means spreading correct information about the virus and the vaccines. It means calling for effective pandemic governance,” Robredo said.

“Ang pagpapabaya sa isa ay pagpapabaya sa lahat, at ang pag-angat ng mga nasa laylayan ay pag-angat din ng lahat,” she added.


Meanwhile, President Rodrigo Duterte said Christ’s passion, death and resurrection could serve to inspire Filipinos as they go through challenges.

“As we take a moment to reflect on the message of lent, may we find a renewed sense of compassion that is rooted in the ultimate sacrifice of Christ at the cross. Let this example of a pure act of love renew our faith as we overcome the current Covid-19 pandemic,” he said in his Holy Week message.

“I urge you to inspire one another to become channels of peace and generosity to our people, especially those who are suffering. Together, let us continue pursuing a more inclusive a more inclusive and humane society anchored on solidarity and genuine concern for each other,” Duterte added.

Religious gatherings are prohibited this year in the Greater Manila Area, which has been placed under enhanced community quarantine until April 4, Easter Sunday. John Ezekiel J. Hirro and Ian Gabriel Trinidad