Both Vice President Leni Robredo and President Rodrigo Duterte have sent out their greetings to the Muslim community in celebration of Eid’l Fitr.
Duterte said in his message, “As you mark the end of a month-long journey of reflection, prayer and fasting, may Allah continue to instill in you the virtues of generosity and compassion for others.”
He urged everyone to continue promoting peace, unity and goodwill, and to welcome the new hope that comes with Eid.
Meanwhile, the Vice President said the day is not only “a feast that marks the end of a period of fasting” but it is also a reminder that “we are a single community.”
“While the pandemic and its many challenges may prevent us from coming together as we did in the past, today we are reminded that we are a community not just through proximity, but through the numerous acts of solidarity, kindness, justice, and collective resolve that we practice every day,” Robredo said in her message.
Filipino Muslims must “cherish” these bonds despite being kept apart by physical distance and keep the spiritual ties “that bind us tighten with every act of communal responsibility,” added the Vice President.
May 13 was declared by Duterte as a regular holiday via Proclamation No. 1142.
Eid’l Fitr is celebrated as a holiday under Republic Act 9177 of 2002, but the date is not fixed as the Muslim calendar is based on the different phases of the moon.