MANILA- President Rodrigo Duterte said Friday he hopes that this year's All Saints’ and All Souls’ Days would bring together Filipinos.
"May this year's observance inspire us to strengthen our faith and uphold our traditions as we deepen our bonds as a nation," Duterte said in his message.
"Let us dedicate our time, skills and knowledge so we may make a positive and meaningful impact on our society while we pursue meaningful goals for our people and country," he added.
The President also called on the Filipinos to honor and pray for the souls of those who have departed.
"In these days of remembrance, we honor our dearly departed loved ones by praying for the eternal repose of their souls and cherishing fond memories of the time they spent with us," he said.
Duterte visited the grave of his parents in Davao City late Thursday, ahead of the throngs at the cemeteries on Friday, All Saints' Day.
He is set to leave for Bangkok, Thailand on Friday to attend the 35th ASEAN Summit.