Duterte on Eid’l Fitr: Foster unity amid differences in faith, culture
As the Philippines marked Eid’l Fitr on Friday, President Rodrigo Duterte urged Filipinos to foster greater unity in the quest for “lasting peace across the country.”
“May this revered festival inspire us all to foster greater unity amidst our differences in faith and culture,” Duterte said in his message.
He said Eid’l Fitr, the Islamic feast ending the holy month of Ramadan, was meant “to praise Allah in thanksgiving for providing our nation the strength to endure the 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,” the president said.
He likewise said Eid’l Fitr was a good opportunity to reflect on the country’s gains in achieving peace.
“This is in an opportune time to reflect on the progress we have made to achieve long-lasting peace across the country, especially in Mindanao,” he said.
He urged Filipinos to “engage in acts of charity as we steer our nation towards a more progressive and tolerant future.”
“May love and understanding prevail over our land as we work hard for the genuine transformation of the Philippines for every Filipino,” he said. /vvp
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