Statement of Partido Liberal President Sen. Francis Pangilinan On the Feast of the Black Nazarene

Kahapon pa, marami ng deboto ng Poong Nazareno ang nagdaragsaan sa Quiapo para tuparin ang kanilang panata.

Kaisa kami ng milyon-milyong Pilipinong naniniwala sa katubusan mula sa paghihirap.

The Black Nazarene elicits the most passionate devotion because while His image bears suffering, it is not passive. While He bears the cross, He exudes strength.

Pilipino si Poong Nazareno. Tayo siya. Nagdurusa dahil nagmamahal ng kapwa. Dahil alam natin na may katapusan ang pagtitiis. Dahil natatapos ang pasanin sa sama-sama nating paghila ng lubid ng andas.

Our faith has guided us throughout our painful history, and will continue to do so as we face injustice, inequality, and disregard of our rights.

We suffer, we become strong. We sacrifice, we overcome.

Let this spirit of solidarity, exemplified in the raw devotion to the Black Nazarene, unite us to love each other as Filipinos, as fellow travellers in life.

Source: Senate of the Philippines

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