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First day of work: Marcos, Sara, Cabinet attend mass

Helen Flores - The Philippine Star
First day of work: Marcos, Sara, Cabinet attend mass
n their first day in office, President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and Vice President Sara Duterte attended the Holy Mass presided by Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula at San Miguel Church in Manila on Friday.
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MANILA, Philippines — As they assume the nation’s highest posts, President Marcos and Vice President Sara Duterte should emulate the Good Shepherd’s “listening leadership and life-giving leadership,” Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula said yesterday in a mass attended by the two leaders.

The mass was held at the San Miguel Parish Church near the presidential palace. In his homily, Advincula also called on Filipinos to support the country’s new leaders.

Also present during the mass were Special Assistant to the President Anton Lagdameo, Social Welfare Secretary Erwin Tulfo, Justice Secretary Jesus Crispin Remulla, Presidential Management Staff chief Naida Angping, Interior Secretary Benhur Abalos, Tourism Secretary Christina Frasco, Migrant Workers Secretary Susan Ople, National Economic and Development Authority Director-General Arsenio Balisacan, Labor Secretary Bienvenido Laguesma, Transportation Secretary Jaime Bautista, Solicitor General Menardo Guevarra and Agrarian Reform Secretary Conrado Estrella III.

“As we meet in our offices and conference halls asking questions in our heads, may we be mindful of our people who ask questions in their empty stomachs… May we be leaders who listen to our people, especially the poor and marginalized,” he said.

“Jesus Christ is also a life-giving shepherd, a life-giving leader. He desires his flock to gain abundance and fullness of life, and he does this by laying down his own life for his sheep. He came not to be served, but to serve,” he added.

Advincula likewise asked government leaders to seek good not only for some individuals or particular groups, but for the entire nation.

“Guided by truth, urged by charity, and passionate for justice and peace, may you spend yourselves in the service of the common good,” he said. Advincula, meanwhile, urged Filipinos to rally behind the newly elected leaders.

“To our compatriots, in the spirit of bayanihan, let us love and serve our people together. Let us pray for our leaders; let us support their great and good intentions and initiatives. They need our prayer and cooperation to make their efforts bear fruit for the good of us all,” he said in Filipino.

Meanwhile, Marcos received yesterday several envoys from different countries, including Vo Thi Anh Xuan, vice president of Vietnam; Dato Seri Setia Haji Erywan Bin Pehin Datu Pekerma Jaya Haji Mohd Yusof, second minister of Brunei; Say Samal, minister of environment of Cambodia; Raikumar Ranjan Singh, minister of state for external affairs of India; Kweon Seong-dong, floor leader, People Power Party of South Korea; Phoxay Khaykhamphithoune, deputy foreign minister of Lao People’s Democratic Republic; and Richard Graham, Trade Envoy of the United Kingdom. – Robertzon Ramirez

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