Duterte urges Muslims to remain models of goodwill, compassion

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MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday urged the Filipino-Muslim community to serve as models not just of the Islamic faith, but also of “goodwill and compassion for all humanity”.

Duterte, in his Eid’l Fitr message, greeted Filipinos-Muslims around the world Eid Mubarak (blessed feast) and wished them a meaningful celebration.

He expressed hope that Muslims now feel “refreshed” and have “renewed” vigor as the holy month of Ramadan draws to a close.

“May this event inspire you to remain models not only of the Islamic faith, but also of goodwill and compassion for all of humanity,” he said. “I thus join you in giving thanks to the Almighty for this blessing and for sustaining you during your month-long fast.”

He recognized that the nation has been sustained by faith since March 2020 when the Covid-19 pandemic started.

“Let us therefore be truly grateful for the constant guidance and provision we have received all throughout this whole ordeal,” he added.

Proclamation No. 1356 declares Eid’l Fitr as a regular non-working holiday throughout the country.

“The entire Filipino nation should have the full opportunity to join their Muslim brothers and sisters in peace and harmony in the observance and celebration of Eid’l Fitr, subject to the public health measures of the national government,” the proclamation read.

Eid al-Fitr, which means feast of breaking the fast, is one of two official Muslim holidays, aside from Eid’l Adha or the Feast of Sacrifice.

Muslims gather for the occasion to feast on halal foods (food that adheres to Islamic standards), give presents, and socialize with family and friends.

House committees to hold hearings during break

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Spread the loveMANILA – The House of Representatives has authorized for its committees to conduct hearings during the five-week congressional break, extending until late April.