By Raymund Antonio
Vice President Ma. Leonor (Leni) Robredo on Easter Sunday called on Filipinos to become the “light of hope” for people in need from the farthest and poor communities around the country.
In celebration of Jesus Christ’s resurrection, Robredo said the Risen Christ’s message should inspire and give everyone strength to continue serving other people and the nation.
“Magsilbi tayong tanglaw ng pag-asa sa pinakamalalayo at pinakamahihirap na komunidad. Maglakad tayo kasama nila, makinig, at bigyang-boses ang naaapi at mahina,” she said.
(Let us serve as light of hope in the farthest and poorest communities. Let us walk with them, listen, and give voice to the oppressed and weak.)
“Magkakaiba man ang ating pinanggagalingan, magkakasalungat man ang ating paniniwala – naniniwala ako na mas malakas pa rin ang
puwersa na nagbibigkis sa atin kaysa sa puwersang humahati sa ating bayan,” Robredo added.
(Even though we have different origins, our views are opposite –I believe the force than bind us is stronger than the force that divides our country.)
In her Easter message, she urged Filipinos to stand together and defend their rights in the face of imminent threats to democracy.
Robredo, a lawyer, said the Christ’s triumph against death is an important reminder to people that what is good and true will always prevail.
“Sa panahon kung saan tila sinisiil ang demokrasya, sama-sama tayong tumindig at ipagtanggol ang karapatan ng bawat isa. Kapag tayo ay iisa,
anumang kalbaryo ay kaya nating malampasan,” she said.
(At a time democracy seems to be suppressed, let us stand together and defend the rights of everyone. If we are united, we can overcome any trouble.)
“Ang tagumpay ng ating Panginoon laban sa kamatayan ay isang mahalagang paalala – na sa dulo ng lahat, mangingibabaw ang katotohanan, at ang mabuti ay siyang laging mananaig,” Robredo added.
(The triumph of Christ against his death is an important reminder—at the end, the truth and good will always prevail.)
Easter Sunday, which is celebrated across the Christian world including the predominantly Catholic Philippines, marks the end of the Lenten season or the Passion of Christ.
The Vice President spent the Holy Week break with her two daughters—Tricia and Jillian–in Cebu, where she brought them at Camp Jesse M. Robredo.
The camp at the Philippine Public Safety College Regional Training Center 7 in Consolacion was the last place her husband and late Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo visited before his plane crashed in Masbate, she said.