President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday called on Filipinos to unite as the country celebrates Eid'l Adha or the Feast of Sacrifice.
"I join you in commemorating the ultimate obedience and trust of Ibrahim when he submits to sacrifice his son, Ishmael, according to the will of Allah. This occasion truly invigorates our common aspirations and rekindles the true significance of our faith," Duterte said in his message.
He also thanked Muslim Filipinos for their support to the government and the ongoing peace process as the country celebrates Eid'l Adha or the Feast of Sacrifice.
"I deeply appreciate you support to this government and its programs on the ongoing peace process, especially in our efforts to realize equitable and sustainable development in Mindanao," he added.
"It is is my dream to see our people, regardless of beliefs, join hands in building a united country for our children and the next generation. Let this celebration stand as a reminder that real change requires the sacrifice of our personal interest in favor of the common good of our citizens. Together, we can achieve progress, prosperity and harmony for all."
September 12 has been declared a regular holiday in observance of Eid'l Adha, one of the two major holidays in Islam.