A day to unite nation in prayer

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Key personalities from politics, business, civil society and religious groups are expected to attend the National Day of Prayer on Monday called by President Benigno Aquino 3rd at Malacañang.

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In an interview on Sunday, Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said even leaders of the opposition such as Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada were invited to the event, but he could not they are attending.

“All the country’s leaders are invited . . . The mayors of Metro Manila are all invited too, those who helped their counterparts in Eastern Visayas,” he said.

“With the President are the representatives of all affected communities damaged by the Zamboanga standoff, Bohol earthquake, and Typhoon Yolanda . . . Also invited to attend the occasion are the leaders and members of Congress, the government, civil society and those from various faiths” Coloma added.

At exactly 5 p.m., the President will lead the entire country in prayer. He will be joined by Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle, Police Supt. Imam Ebra Moxsir of the Imam Council of the Philippines, Commissioner Zenaida Pawid of the National Commission of Indigenous Peoples, Isaias Samson of Iglesia ni Cristo, and representatives of the Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches.

“We invite everyone to be one with the President and the nation in prayer wherever they maybe, at home, in the community, offices, places of work, church or places of worship,” Coloma stressed.

He said that the event will be aired live by all government networks, while the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP) has issued a circular to its members to cover the event.

“But the delivery of coverage would be clearly optional and voluntary on their [KBP members] part,” Coloma said.

Dubbed “One Nation, One Prayer,” the event aims to “commemorate the lives that were lost in recent calamities, to thank God for granting the country strength and to ask for guidance for a better future.”

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