IN observance of the United Nations International Day of Peace, Vice President Sara Duterte emphasized the need to end the pervasive culture of racism for meaningful and lasting peace for all.
She explained that racism “carves painful words that linger through generations — resulting in a cycle of violence inflamed by raging hatred of a race against another race.”
She pointed out the universality of the fight to be recognized, respected, and accorded equal rights as a nation with diverse cultures, traditions, and religions.
“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,” Duterte emphasized in her message.
She said that hate should not be allowed to poison people’s differences, nor allow it to overpower unity as a community that respects each other.
Rather, she urged people to tap on those differences to ensure that everyone can freely exercise their cultural 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 Duterte added.