Muslims are 'instruments of love,' Duterte says in Eid’l Fitr message

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 05 2019 10:36 AM | Updated as of Jun 05 2019 02:08 PM

Muslims are 'instruments of love,' Duterte says in Eid’l Fitr message 1
President Rodrigo Duterte speaks during the inauguration of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao in Cotabato City on March 29, 2019. In his Eid’l Fitr message on June 5, 2019, he called on Filipino Muslims to deepen their role as instruments of love and sacrifice. Robinson Niñal, Jr., Presidential Photo

MANILA -- President Rodrigo Duterte urged Filipino Muslims Wednesday to deepen their role as instruments of love and sacrifice as they celebrate Eid’l Fitr or the end of the holy month of fasting.

Duterte called on the Muslim community to use the celebration, which marks the end of Ramadan, as a time for enlightenment.

“May all Muslim Filipinos observe this day as a time for reflection, enlightenment, and renewal of commitment to a much stronger devotion to the Almighty,” he said.

“Take this as an opportunity to deepen your role as instruments of love, sacrifice, respect, and selfless service and may each of you remain our government’s partner in promoting peace and understanding among Filipinos from all walks of life,” he said.

Malacañang earlier declared Wednesday, June 5, a non-working holiday throughout the country in observance of Eid’l Fitr.

Duterte is the first president from Mindanao, which is home to the country's Muslim minority.

Muslims make up around 6 percent of the Philippines’ 100 million people, where 8 in 10 are Catholic, according to official data.