MANILA - Vice President Leni Robredo prayed for peace in Mindanao and recovery in conflict-torn Marawi City as she sent greetings to the Muslim community to mark the end of Ramadan.
In a message early Wednesday morning, Robredo also reiterated her message of compassion, hoping that everyone reaches out "to the last, the least and the lost among us."
"We pray for our brothers and sisters from Marawi, who are still suffering and unable to return to their homes for two years now since the siege," said Robredo.
"We continue to pray for peace in the Bangsamoro region, especially as it transitions into a new era," she said.
The Islamic city is still grappling with the aftermath of 5 months of firefights between terrorists and state troops in 2017, destroying homes and places of worship and displacing thousands of residents.
Rehabilitation and recovery efforts are ongoing.
Spurred by the conflict, all of Mindanao remains under martial law even as it transitions into the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region, a more empowered entity borne out of the peace agreement between government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).
The new governance system is hoped to end rebellion and propel the region to progress.
In her message, Robredo underscored Islamic values, including selflessness.
"As we mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan, may this be a time to reflect on the values that are deeply embedded in the fabric of your culture - your value for selfless sacrifice, your genuine compassion for others, and your spirit of generosity," she said, addressing those of the Islamic faith.
"You serve as great examples to the rest of the nation of how we embody hope by feeding the hungry, clothing the homeless, and comforting the orphaned," she added.