TACLOBAN CITY: The visit of Pope Francis on Saturday here will bring hope to the people in this typhoon-weary province.
That hope, according to Leyte Governor Leopoldo Dominico Petilla, was the main reason why the province is now on the recovery immediately after the devastation of super typhoon Yolanda.
“Hope had given people’s courage to face the trials of Yolanda that makes them now a better person. We need more of that from Pope Francis,” Petilla said.
The governor added that the Pope’s arrival tomorrow will boost the confidence of the people to make wiser decisions on their recovery efforts recover fast from trials of disasters.
Petilla is one of the government officials that will welcome Pope Francis at the Tacloban DZR airport together with his mother, Palo Mayor Remedios Petilla, Tacloban City Mayor Alfred Romualdez and Leyte First District Representative Ferdinand Martin Romualdez.
This is one of the rare opportunities to see Petilla’s and Romualdezes in same event.
The two political clan have been gripping for political power in the province which is now dominated by the Petilla family. The Romualdezes maintain their political power in the first legislative district of Leyte and Tacloban City.
But people should not make the papal visit a political event, said Petilla instead people should focus on the message of Pope Francis and contemplate on it.
For Leyte Rep FM Romualdez this momentous event in the region should be welcomed by all people of Leyte.
“People should all go out and welcome him warmly to our province and show him how much we appreciate his presence in our place that has been affected by disasters,” said Romualdez.
He added that people should pray that weather will be fine tomorrow and cooperate with the security measure being implemented.
The representative from the first district added that he is thankful to Pope Francis for giving inspiration to the people Leyte to rise again. PNA