PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte urged Filipinos and the Chinese community to strengthen their “sense of solidarity and goodwill” as they celebrate Chinese New Year.
Duterte said Filipinos have shared “a long and colorful history with the Chinese.”
“This enduring friendship has contributed to our rich culture, stimulated trade between our nations and fortified the foundation of our continuing quest for economic development,” he said in his message.
“As an integral component of Philippine society,” Duterte said, “Chinese-Filipinos will continue to play an important role in shaping our national identity and in upholding the beauty of diversity in our respective cultures.”
“Let the joy of this occasion strengthen our sense of solidarity and goodwill as a single nation committed to the preservation of our unique and multi-faceted Filipino heritage,” he said.
“May the Lunar New Year bring more opportunities for growth and success to all of us,” he added.