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Muslim community assured of Duterte admin’s efforts towards peace in Mindanao

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Roa Duterte joined members of the Muslim community in celebrating the first Mindanao Hariraya Eid’l Fit’r 2016 held in Davao City.
In his speech, President Duterte assured the Moro brothers and sisters present, that he will once again bring peace in Mindanao.
He said “tatanggapin natin sa isa’t isa (we should accept among us). Let us build a nation that will be founded on peace and understanding”.
Adding, “ang tingin ko (I think), with the grace of Allah, I might be able to do this within six years. It will not come overnight. Certainly, it will not come next year. Probably, it will be something about two to three years from now. But I assure you that something will change before I end my term,” said President Duterte.
Though pointing out that he would talk first with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), the President said that his administration will create a framework for Federalism, which would solve the violence in Mindanao.
“I’m working overtime with Jun Evasco and the rest to constitute, ready na kami sa aming group sa gobyerno to talk to the MI, MN (our group in the government is ready to talk to the MI and MN).
He urged the brother and sister Muslims to talk before doing anything that would spill violence.
Eid’l Fit’r, also known as the “festival of breaking the fast”, is a religious holiday of Muslims worldwide, marking the end of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting.

Criselda Cabangon David, a happy mother of two kids, is a full-time Sociologist at the City Government of Lucena, Quezon Province. She is currently the Managing Editor of Ang Diaryo Natin Sunday News, a weekly local community newspaper in the Philippines and an active member of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines.