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We are a shining example of unity amid differences: Sara
Published on: Sunday, February 04, 2024
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We are a shining example of unity amid differences: Sara
'My fervent prayer resonates for a world where love reigns supreme, where prejudice is but a distant memory. Let our collective efforts bring forth this glorious reality' – Vice President, Sara Duterte
MANILA: Vice President Sara Duterte on Saturday said the Philippines is an example of unity amid differences.

“The Philippines, a tapestry of diverse cultures, traditions, and religions, stands as a shining example of unity amidst differences. Like colours on an artist’s palette, we blend together, harmonising our faith, goodness, and humility to build a sanctuary of peace,” Duterte said in a statement issued for World Interfaith Harmony Week, which is from Feb. 1 to 7.

“Today, hand in hand, we walk alongside our Christian, Muslim, and other spiritual siblings, acknowledging our interconnectedness on this profound journey towards unity and serenity,” she added.

Duterte encouraged the public to respect differences and practice compassion and kindness.

“Together, let us embark on this universal path, where trust, respect, and love intertwine like ribbons in a grand dance. With open hearts, we can craft a world that is kinder, more compassionate, and overflowing with acceptance, a world our children’s children will embrace,” she said.

“My fervent prayer resonates for a world where love reigns supreme, where prejudice is but a distant memory. Let our collective efforts bring forth this glorious reality,” Duterte said.

“Wishing you a jubilant World Interfaith Harmony Week, where peace and unity flourish like flowers in a vibrant garden! Countrymen, let us continue being strong in our pursuit of a society that is child-friendly and raising children with love of country. All that we do is for God, the country, and every Filipino family. Thank you.” 

The World Interfaith Harmony Week was first proposed during the United Nations (UN) General Assembly on Sept. 23, 2010 by His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan. It was unanimously adopted by the UN on Oct. 20, 2010.

According to its website, it provides a platform “when all interfaith groups and other groups of goodwill can show the world what a powerful movement they are.”

In the political front, Sara surprised the public in January when she said in a speech in her hometown that she will run in the next election.

That statement was odd for numerous reasons. 

First, Sara is the country’s second highest leader, whose term of office won’t expire until 2028. Second, she ran for vice president as the other half of the tandem with now-President Ferdinand Marcos Jr., and she still remains part of his Cabinet despite apparent cracks within the administration.

Seeking whatever elective seat in 2025 means giving up the vice presidency.

Sara later insisted she was misinterpreted, and that the confusion stemmed from the splicing of her soundbite. Even so, her office has yet to provide a copy of the full transcript of her speech.

President Marcos, when asked to comment about Sara’s remark that she will run in the 2025 polls, said: “I think she’s also testing the waters to see what the reaction will be.”

The guessing game – if history is any indication – is not expected to be over anytime soon, even after the father-and-daughter duo have denied they are participating in the 2025 elections as candidates.

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