PGMA leads national prayer for peace, unity
Manila (24 February) -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo led the nation Saturday in a prayer rally for peace and unity held at the Marikina Riverbank Ampitheater in Marikina City.
Fresh from her visit earlier in the day to Dolores, Eastern Samar where she personally supervised the distribution of relief goods and assistance to the victims of the disastrous floods that hit the province, the President motored to Marikina for the prayer rally that lasted one and a half hours.
As special guest of the occasion, the President led the prayers of the Holy Rosary, the Holy Octave of Consecration to God Our Father and the Eight Major Octave: The Coming of the New Jerusalem, Consecration Prayer and the Litany of the Holy Octave of Consecration to God Our Father.
After the prayer, Fr. Jerry Jiron of the San Jose Tagapagtanggol Parish Church celebrated the Holy Mass.
Aside from the President, also present were Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Bayani Fernando, his wife Marikina City Mayor Maria Lourdes Fernando, barangay officials and thousands of residents from Metro Manila and the nearby provinces of Rizal, Bulacan, Cavite and Laguna.
Local Authorities of the Philippines (ULAP) president and Binalonan, Pangasinan Mayor Ramon Guico, Mandaluyong City Mayor Benhur Abalos, and a number of other local government officials also attended the rally.
Before the end of the Holy Mass, Fr. Jiron, assisted by three other priests, prayed over the President and blessed her with holy water as they called for divine providence to keep her strong and focused in her tasks of resolving the problems of the country.
The prayer rally for peace and unity was organized by the ULAP, League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP), Governors League of the Philippines, League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP), Philippines Councilors League (PCL), League of Vice Governors of the Philippines (LVGP), Provincial Board Members League of the Philippines (PBMLP) and League of Provinces.
Earlier, Mayor Guico and representatives from the LMP, Governors League, LCP, PCL and PBMLP signed a manifesto of support of the Arroyo leadership, particularly her hunger mitigation and poverty alleviation program. (OPS) [top]