By Argyll Cyrus Geducos
Malacañang on Saturday expressed its support for the Filipino Muslims during their observance of the holy month of Ramadan, especially now with the ongoing attacks in Marawi City.
Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella, in a statement Saturday morning, said Malacañang joins in praying for an end to terrorism which he said, “falsely claims to advance Islam and seeks to subjugate our land to the brutal ISIS.”
“In this spirit of Muslim peace, the President has offered the hand of peaceful dialogue to terrorist groups, to avoid bloodshed in this time of prayer, fasting and mercy,” he said.
On Friday afternoon, Duterte said he was willing to have a dialogue with the terrorist groups in an attempt to solve the armed conflict in Marawi City without having any more collateral damage.
“With all faiths, we pray that God restore and preserve peace in Mindanao,” Abella said.
The entire island of Mindanao has been placed under martial law since Tuesday evening due to the attacks in the city caused by the Maute Group and the Abu Sayyaf Group.
The privilege of the writ of habeas corpus was also suspended by President Duterte in Mindanao for 60 days.
Meanwhile, Abella urged Muslim leaders to speak out against the terror groups, especially now that the holy month of Ramadan has started.
“We also call on Muslim leaders to speak out against terrorist groups, who use religion to disguise their barbarity, staining the peaceful name of Islam with the blood of innocents during this holy month of Ramadan,” he said.
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