VICE President Sara Duterte joined the world leaders in the observance of the United Nations International Day of Peace.
Duterte said like the other nationalities, Filipinos support the campaign against racism in the spirit of unity, peace, and progress for the country.
Every September 21, the world observes the United Nations International Day of Peace, which is devoted to commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace, through observing 24 hours of non-violence and ceasefire among all nations and peoples.
The Vice President said this important day serves as a constant reminder of our yearning for meaningful and lasting peace for all.
“The message to end the pervading culture of racism as the core of this year’s observance of the UN International Day of Peace highlights the universality of our fight to be recognized, respected, and be accorded our equal rights as a nation with diverse culture, traditions, and religions,” she said.
Duterte stressed that racism as a source of conflict carves painful wounds that linger through generations resulting in a cycle of violence inflamed by raging hate of a race against another race.
“We have a moral obligation to end racism and address the web of violence interlocking around the culture of hate that threatens to overcome us, injure us, and break us apart as a community,” she said.
“We cannot allow hate to poison our differences or allow it to overpower our unity as one community that respects each other’s ethnicity, culture, and religion,” she added.
Duterte appealed to all members of the UN to tap on our differences and ensure that every person can freely exercise their cultural rights and other fundamental rights recognized by international laws.
“May we be unrelenting in our mission of engaging all groups and sectors in all our endeavors ensuring that we build an inclusive society. I trust that Filipinos will support the campaign against racism in the spirit of unity, peace, and progress for our country,” she stressed.