Be instruments of love - Duterte

June 05, 2019
Eid’l Fitr
Filipino Muslims pray to celebrate Eid’l Fitr in front of the Quirino grandstand in Manila yesterday. Muslims around the world celebrate the Eid’l Fitr holiday, which marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. AFP/Ted ALJIBE

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has urged Muslim Filipinos to “deepen” their role as “instruments of love, sacrifice, respect, and selfless service” and remain the government’s partner in promoting peace.

Duterte made the appeal in his Eid’l Fitr message on Wednesday, which was declared a national non-working holiday to commemorate the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.

“May all Muslim Filipinos observe this day as a time for reflection, enlightenment and renewal of commitment to a much stronger devotion to the Almighty,” said the country’s first President with Moro lineage.

“Take this as an opportunity to deepen your role as instruments of love, sacrifice, respect, and selfless service and may each of you remain our government’s partner in promoting peace and understanding among Filipinos from all walks of life,” Duterte added.

Mindanao, which has been gripped by armed conflicts and poverty through the years, recently saw the creation of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARRM), which is expected to promote and maintain peace and order in the region.

It was created through the enactment of the Bangsamoro Organic Law, a product of the government’s negotiations with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), whose key members and leaders lead the Bangsamoro Transition Authority.