Filipinos must be instruments of love, respect, says Duterte on Eid'l Fitr

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte called on all Filipinos to be instruments of "love, respect, and selfless service" in his Eid'l Fitr message.

"Take this an an opportunity to deepen your role as instruments of love, sacrifice, respect, and selfless service and may each of you remain our government’s partner in promoting peace and understanding among Filipinos from all walks of life," said Duterte in a message sent on Wednesday, June 5.

Malacañang had declared the day a non-working holiday in honor of the Muslim celebration, also known as Festival of Breaking the Fast or end of Ramadan.

"May all Muslim Filipinos observe this day as a time for reflection, enlightenment, and renewal of commitment to a much stronger devotion to the Almighty," said the Philippine leader.

In President Duterte's Eid'l Fitr message, he calls on Filipinos to be "instruments of love, sacrifice, respect, and selfless service." @rapplerdotcom — Pia Ranada (@piaranada) June 5, 2019



Pia Ranada

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