By Martin Sadongdong
General Felimon Santos, Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), on Saturday paid tribute to all fathers who have become the pillar and source of strength of their families amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
In his Father’s Day message, Santos highlighted the contributions of all dads who are also in the frontline in the fight against the deadly virus.
“I join the nation in greeting every father whose love and sacrifice has helped this nation bear the impact of the pandemic,” Santos said.
“Even more deserving of our thoughts this Father’s Day are the frontline personnel who had to grind long stressful hours in hazardous situations. There are also those who, as a result of their work, are forbidden to be close to their children and spouse,” he added.
Santos said he could understand the “hardships and loneliness” of being a frontliner dad as he, too, has to endure being away from his own family to lead the military’s efforts in curbing the spread of the disease.
But the military chief said the thought of his family being safe from harm in exchange of his sacrifice is enough reason for him to continue serving, and he hopes other frontliner dads will be inspired by this, too.
“Remember that we are never alone. We have our families that no matter the distance and the space, remain to be our constant source of joy,” he said.
“This Father’s Day, I hope and pray for our good health, peace of mind, and renewed strength to push forward in spite of the unfamiliar challenges that we are facing today,” he added.
Father’s Day will be celebrated on June 21, the third Sunday of the month.