PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte urged Filipinos to treasure their experiences in 2021, including the “struggles and victories” during the Covid-19 pandemic and the recent devastation caused by Typhoon Odette, in his New Year’s message (international name: Rai).
"Indeed, we have been through many challenging times but our distinct resilience and bayanihan spirit allowed us to prevail and come out stronger," the President said in his New Year's message released by Malacañang on December 31, 2021.
President Duterte praised the “dedication and courage” of medical and essential frontline personnel, uniformed forces, civilian personnel, and volunteers in his message.
"Every day, we continue to witness the indomitable spirit of the Filipino that adapts, endures and triumphs over all adversities," he said.
This is President Duterte’s final New Year’s message before he leaves Malacaang on July 1. On May 9, the Filipino electorate will elect his successor.
President Duterte has been touring areas in Visayas and Mindanao that were ravaged by Typhoon Odette, assisting in the distribution of relief supplies to those affected.
"As we take a whole-of-nation approach to recover and build back better, may we all be inspired by the promise of new beginnings that the New Year brings," President Duterte said.
President Duterte delivers last New Year’s message; urges Filipinos to cherish 'struggles, victories' in 2021|Yahoo News