MANILA, Philippines?Malacañang cried foul Friday over a Manila Muslim community?s holding of a memorial in honor of slain terrorist Osama Bin Laden, who masterminded the 9/11 attacks that killed close to 3,000 people in the United States in 2001.
Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said Muslims in the country should look at the killing of Bin Laden by US Navy SEALs from the perspective of his being the world?s top terrorist.
?His terrorism affect(ed) our country and the entire globe,? he told reporters. ?They should not look at the issue because Osama was a Muslim and because of that, they would consider him a hero. Osama Bin Laden committed a grave sin against the world.?
?So our appeal to our Muslim brothers is to look at the consequences of terrorism and not just because Osama Bin Laden (was) a Muslim,? he added in Filipino.
Lacierda made the comments before members of Manila?s Muslim community held a memorial service for Bin Laden following noontime prayers at the Golden Mosque in Quiapo. Some Muslims protested the US government?s decision to bury Bin Laden?s body in the sea, a move that allegedly ran against Islamic custom.
Lacierda reminded members of the community that ?a warrior of terrorism is no respecter of persons.?
?He really committed a crime and he should be held accountable for what he did,? Lacierda said.