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Duterte quotes Christ: Shun greed, materialism



President Rodrigo Duterte appealed yesterday to Filipinos to shun greed and corruption and to government officials to be true “servant leaders” who work for the interest of the people. In his statement for All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day, Duterte said the two events serve as reminders that while all things come to pass, “deeds will outlast our mortal lives.”

KRIS JOHN ROSALES, file

MANILA, Philippines – President Duterte appealed yesterday to Filipinos to shun greed and corruption and to government officials to be true “servant leaders” who work for the interest of the people.

In his statement for All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day, Duterte said the two events serve as reminders that while all things come to pass, “deeds will outlast our mortal lives.”

“No amount of success, power or position can ever compensate for the greed and corruption of human character,” Duterte said.

“I, therefore, ask my fellow workers in government and the entire Filipino people to heed not the temptations of the temporal world,” he said. “Let us, rather, answer the call to be true servant leaders.”

Duterte cited the teaching of Jesus Christ on the importance of spirituality over material possessions.

“Truly, Christ was right in asking the question: ‘for what does it profit a man to gain the whole world yet forfeit his own soul?’” the President said.

“Let us accumulate riches, not for ourselves, but for future generations and for the life that comes after,” he added.

Duterte encouraged Filipinos to continue pursuing genuine change while keenly appreciating the “immaterial treasures that bring us closer to God.”

“I hope that we cherish with fondness, love and gratitude the spiritual inheritance left by our ancestors and loved ones on their special day,” Duterte said. “May the nation receive the blessings of God as we exalt and emulate the holy men and women whose lives have inspired generations.”

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