Duterte to Muslim Filipinos: Foster greater unity

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EID-AL-FITR. Muslim Filipinos gathered at the Blue Mosque in Taguig City on Friday (June 15, 2018) to mark the end of Ramadan. Ramadan is a holy month of fasting, introspection and prayer for Muslims. (PNA photo by Avito C. Dalan)

President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday joined Muslim Filipinos in celebrating Eid al Fitr, urging them to foster greater unity towards a more progressive future.

“I join our Muslim brothers and sisters as they mark the end of Ramadan and reaffirm their commitment to self-purification and jubilation,” Duterte said in his Eid al Fitr message.

“May this revered festival inspire us all to foster greater unity amidst our differences in faith and culture. Together, let us engage in acts of charity as we steer our nation towards a more progressive and tolerant future,” he added.

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Duterte also called on Muslim brothers to take the event as an opportunity to thank Allah for providing the nation the strength to endure challenges of misguided ideologies, terrorism and violent extremism.

“I trust that the sacrifice of Muslim Filipinos during their month-long fasting has rekindled their faith and reawakened their sense of benevolence and empathy towards their fellowmen,” he said.

The President said this is also an “opportune time” to reflect on the progress that the government and the Bangsamoro people have made to achieve long-lasting peace across the country, especially in Mindanao.

“May love and understanding prevail over our land as we work hard for the genuine transformation of the Philippines for every Filipino,” Duterte said. 

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