MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte greeted Filipino Muslims celebrating Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end the holy feast of Ramadan.
Duterte, the Philippines' first president from Mindanao, said this year's celebration could not be more timely and relevant as the country marks a new chapter in its history.
''This year's celebration is indeed timely and relevant, as the Filipino nation starts a fresh move towards peace, stability, development and progress under a new leadership,'' Duterte said in a statement.
''Definitely, we view the new administration with high hope and sustained enthusiasm that, with the support and cooperation of every Filipino, it will propel our country to greater heights," he added.
Duterte said he is hoping that the "sense of discipline the Holy Month of Ramadhan" will inspire Muslim Filipino communities "to unite with other Filipinos to achieve lasting peace, political stability, economic growth and development."
"Indeed, change is coming!" he added.
In commemoration of the annual feast which marks the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, Duterte issued a proclamation declaring July 6 as a regular holiday in the country.
The Palace said the proclamation is ''in the spirit of peace and harmony, which would allow the entire nation an opportunity to join the Filipino Muslims in the observance and celebration of this sacred Islamic tradition."
''More than a feast, Eid Al-Fitr is a spiritual thanksgiving and celebration of Muslims’ commitments to live out the teachings of the prophet Muhammad."