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March 22, 2020 - Sunday 3:03 PM by Jon Joaquin

Article Banner Image President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over a meeting with the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases at the Malacañan Palace on March 16, 2020. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

President Rodrigo Duterte has declared this week, the fourth week of March, as a National Week of Prayer as the number of cases of COVID-19 worldwide and in the Philippines continues to rise.

“During the aforesaid week, I urge all Filipinos of all faiths, religious traditions and backgrounds to unite our hearts in prayer as face the COVID-19 threat, fixing our eyes on the Almighty in this time of affliction,” Duterte said in Proclamation No. 934 signed on Saturday but released on Sunday.

He also asked Filipinos to “pray for the recovery of those who are now suffering from COVID-19, for comfort of those who lost loved ones, and for the protection of all, especially the most vulnerable sectors of society.”

“Pray also for strength and endurance of our outstanding medical professionals and health workers on the frontlines, your military and law enforcement officers, the government officials and personnel dealing with the present threat, and all Filipinos who are working tirelessly to protect our communities, sacrificing lives in the service of the country,” he added.

“Through prayer, let us, as one nation, find strength to defeat this invisible enemy, with the aid and blessing of God,” he said.