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KINGSTON, Jamaica—People's National Party (PNP) President and Leader of the Opposition Dr Peter Phillips, says the nation owes a debt of gratitude to its mothers on this challenging Mother's Day.

In his Mother's Day message, the Opposition Leader called the nation's mothers heroes and said that their contribution, to our society, cannot be underestimated.

The full statement from the Opposition Leader is published below:

President of the People's National Party (PNP) and Leader of the Opposition, Dr Peter Phillips, said on this significant and challenging Mother's Day, all Jamaicans owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to our mothers. ?p>

“Our mothers are true heroes, and their contribution cannot be underestimated or even quantified. They are the foundation of families, the nurturers of our children, and essentially the cement that holds our families and our country together as we seek to build a strong future for all,” Dr Phillips said.

Dr Phillips said this is indeed a society in which we have witnessed true examples of our mothers who have put their shoulders to the wheel, running businesses, pioneering major enterprises, shattering glass ceilings and conquering new frontiers in science, education and other vocations, while ensuring that their children are strong and ready to meet the challenges of the future.

This year, in the face of the severe economic, social, and health woes wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic, our mothers are being called upon to meet even greater challenges as they take on increased responsibilities of educating our children due to the closure of schools. Mothers are enduring the hardships of quarantine and isolation while still securing the health of their families by ensuring adherence to the guidelines of frequent washing of hands, the sanitizing of surfaces, and the general hygiene of their children.

We say thanks and show appreciation to our mothers who are on the frontlines, our nurses, doctors, other health care workers and members of the security forces. They face the challenges of motherhood as they confront the prevailing circumstances of COVID-19.

On a personal note, I am constantly filled with awe and appreciation for my mother, now deceased, who always showed love and support. I also salute the mothers of my children, particularly my wife Sandra.

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