BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines – Negros Occidental Gov. Eugenio Lacson wept in front of an audience of government workers as he delivered his message during the community prayer at the Provincial Capitol yesterday.
“We are not alone in this battle. We have a God whom we might have disregarded and overlooked due to the haste of our modern life,” Lacson said, his voice cracking as he openly wept in front of his audience.
The governor also urged everyone “not to cower in fear and confusion” in the midst of a pandemic that, mere months ago, was just distant news in China.
He further assured the people that the government is doing its best to combat an “adversary that is new and invisible”, in a crisis that made all nations — powerful and otherwise — “frightened and shaken”.
Still, he reminded the people that there is no enemy that God could not defeat, encouraging people to put their faith in His omnipresent, omnipotent, and omniscient power.
He further encouraged the workers to call on God, citing 2 Chronicles, Chapter 7: “When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people, if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place.”