House leaders, members greet nation on Christmas
• December 24, 2014
• Written by Jester P. Manalastas
• Published in Top Stories
LAWMAKERS led by House leaders have wished the entire nation a peaceful and joyous Christmas. Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. called for unity this Christmas as Filipinos have experienced various natural calamities and tragedies.
“My wish for this Christmas is a strong sense of unity, and for each of us to think beyond himself and his family, to include his neighbors and his country’s welfare,” Belmonte, vice chairman of the ruling Liberal Party, said.
House Independent Minority leader and Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez urged Filipinos to continue reaching out in order to help victims and survivors of strong typhoons like Yolanda and Ruby that ravaged Eastern Visayas.
Romualdez, a lawyer and president of the Philippine Constitution Association (Philconsa), exhorted his countrymen to stay united in overcoming nature’s and life’s challenges. “Let us continue to contribute and help in whatever little ways we can for the ongoing reconstruction efforts to help the victims of strong typhoons and earthquake. Our unity has helped a lot for us to be resilient from the numerous tragedies and trials we have faced in the past. Sharing and helping are basically the true meaning of the Christmas season. May all of us live in the kindness of God and spread the true meaning of His birth. I wish everyone a Merry Christmas,” Romualdez said.
Deputy Minority Leader and Yacap party-list Rep. Carol Jayne Lopez wished Filipinos better lives and the country a better economic growth. “Let us all give our shares in making this country a better nation. I wish all Filipinos will continue to unite and help each other,” Lopez also said.
House Majority Leader and Mandaluyong City Rep. Neptali “Boyet” Gonzales II, also greeted Filipinos with optimism. “May the glorious and true message of Christmas fill everyone’s heart and mind,” Gonzales said.