Aquino greets Muslim-Filipinos on Eid'l Fitr

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014


(UPDATED) PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III urged Tuesday the Muslim community to sustain the gains of positive reform as he extended his warm greetings to the Muslim-Filipinos as they celebrate Eid'l Fitr, which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan.

In his message, the Chief Executive cited the recent signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

"The recent signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro proves that, even through all the conflicts that we have endured, we remain one nation bound by a common dream: A new era of peace that will redound to the upliftment of the lives of our kababayans. Let us sustain the gains of positive reform and be steadfast stewards of unity and development in our society," he said.

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Aquino earlier issued Proclamation 826 declaring July 29, Tuesday, a regular holiday throughout the country in observance of Eid'l Fitr (Feast of Ramadan).

"May this celebration of Eid'l Fitr be a time of thanks and praise to the Almighty for the strength and hope that He has blessed your community with, especially during the month of forgiveness, Ramadan," the President said.

"May this also be a reaffirmation of your faith as you prepare yourselves for the challenges that may arise in our rapidly shifting milieu; may you always be enlightened by the teachings of Islam that hold true to the collective conscience of the Filipino people," he said.

In his message, Aquino said that the administration continues to "build a more harmonious, more just country as we begin to ease the disquiet that has long shaken our lands."

For his part, Vice President Jejomar Binay prayed for "brotherhood and peace" to reign in strife-torn Gaza Strip and Libya.

"Many lives have been lost in the continuing violence in those areas, and even our kababayans working in the Gaza Strip, Israel, and Libya have become casualties of the conflict," he said.

Senator Loren Legarda, author of Republic Act 9177 also known as the Act Declaring Eidul Fitr a National Holiday, said Eid'l Fitr is a way to remind the nation of the need for peace and unity.

"Whatever religion you belong to, you can appreciate Eid'l Fitr as a significant festival that rejoices in generosity, discipline, the willingness to sacrifice, and compassion; ideals that can end war and suffering,” she said.

As Eid symbolizes the purity a person has attained through fasting, Senator Nancy Binay asked Filipinos to have the pure heart to look after a countryman.

"May we be the light and the hope for them to get up and stand as one Filipino people and country," she said. (SDR/Virgil Lopez/Sunnex)

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