Malacañang has joined Muslim Filipinos in the observance of the holy month of Ramadan amid the continuing conflict between authorities troops and the terrorist Maute group in Marawi City.
In an announcement, presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella mentioned the Palace is praying alongside Muslims “for an end to terrorism that falsely claims to advance Islam and seeks to subjugate our land to the brutal IS (Islamic State).”
Abella famous that Duterte has supplied to maintain a dialogue with terrorist teams to keep away from bloodshed whereas the prayer and fasting that accompany the observance of Ramadan are ongoing.
“With all faiths, we pray that God restore and preserve peace in Mindanao,” he mentioned.
On May 23, Duterte declared martial legislation in Mindanao as troopers to proceed to struggle with the Maute group.
In a speech earlier than authorities troops Friday (May 26), Duterte mentioned he’s open to speak to terrorists to reduce the variety of casualties in the continuing conflict.
However, he additionally made it clear he’s bent on pursuing terrorists in the event that they don’t need to lay down their arms.
“[Ang] utos ko naman sa tropa is lahat ng tao na hindi authorized ng gobyerno na magdala ng baril at lumaban, patayin ninyo. Ubusin na lang ninyo,” Duterte mentioned.