Press Release
December 15, 2012


Senator Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III, PDP Laban President, has urged Filipinos to help one another amid natural calamities and unbridled corruption.

In remarks at the awarding ceremonies for the winners of the essay writing and Nativity-making contests at the University of Makati, Pimentel said: "My hopes for a better tomorrow are buoyed up by the heroic courage and selfless helping hands that countless individuals in and out of government extended to the victims of the recent super-typhoon Pablo."

The lawmaker from Mindanao cited the example of the little girl named Aimee who was saved from the rampaging mud waters in New Bataan at Compostela Valley but died days later.

"This is a tragedy, indeed. Still, the kindness, the love and care that she received from strangers - fellow Filipinos - cannot but warm the hearts of others who also care for their fellow human beings in distress," Pimentel said.

Pimentel explained that the response from the people, especially the youth, "in our fight against corruption, in our Kontra Pandaraya Movement, in our forums to prepare our people against man-made and natural disasters, give us much hope that if we do things together and help one another we can cleanse this government of financial and electoral corruption, and reduce the pain and sufferings of our people arising from natural calamities too."

Pimentel noted that Filipinos "in general have not lost the real meaning of Christmas."

The lawmaker pointed out that it is "Christ's message of love of God and of one another that gives most of our people hope in the face of so much corruption in government, and the grinding poverty of the masses of our people, and the massive loss of lives and destruction of properties occasioned by calamities that visit our country regularly."

Pimentel emphasized that "it is mostly in times of troubles that our humanity emerges. As they say, it is when the sky is at its darkest that we can see the stars at their brightest."

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