MANILA, Philippines – Ahead of the day when Muslims all around the world remember the willingness of Ibrahim to sacrifice his own son, President Rodrigo Duterte spoke on the need to “sacrifice our personal interests in favor of the common good of our citizens.”
“It is my dream to see our people, regardless of beliefs, join hands in building a united country for our children and the next generation. Let this celebration stand as a reminder that real change required the sacrifice our personal interests in favor of the common good of our citizens,” Duterte said in his message on Sunday, September 11.
Monday, September 12, has been declared a regular holiday in observance of the Islamic holiday Eid’l Adha.
“The occasion reminds us of the virtues that strengthen the very foundation of Islam. I join you in commemorating the ultimate obedience and trust of Ibrahim when he submits to sacrifice his son, Ishmael, according to the will of Allah. The occasion truly invigorates our common aspirations and rekindles the true significance of our faith,” said Duterte in his message.
He added: “I deeply appreciate your support to this government and its programs on the ongoing peace process, especially in our efforts to realize equitable and sustainable development in Mindanao. It is my dream to see our people, regardless of beliefs, join hands in building a united country for our children and the next generation.”
Duterte was swept into power during the 2016 presidential elections on a campaign that promised “change is coming.”
The first president from Mindanao has always been vocal about historical injustices against the people in Mindanao, particularly Muslims. Some of the Philippines’ southernmost provinces, populated mostly by Muslims, have been witness to decades of armed conflict.
The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) signed a peace deal with the previous administration, one that was hoped would lead to the creation of a new Bangsamoro region. The bill was stalled, however.
Peace talks between the government and the MILF, and with other secessionist groups in Mindanao, are expected to continue under the Duterte administration. – Rappler.com
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