MILF chair: “Be patient in these trying times”


Malu Cadelina-Manar/MIndaNews
Wednesday, 01 October 2008 10:57
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KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/30 September) — Al Haj Murad Ebrahim, chair of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) has called on his men and fellow Muslims to stay patient in these “trying times” as they celebrate today Eid’l Fit’r or the end of their month-long fasting or Ramadan.


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Ebrahim was referring to the military operations against MILF rebels which saw no letup even during the period of Ramadan.

He said Muslims had to flee their villages even during Ramadan to avoid being hit by aerial bombardments and artillery shelling.

“Some of our women and children were even killed or wounded during the attacks,” he aid in a statement issued to media today.

As a religious obligation, Muslims fast from dawn to dusk for one lunar cycle during the Ramadan.

Ebrahim said that despite “our efforts to find a peaceful solution to the Bangsamoro problem” the Philippine government and its political leaders were “bent to foil these efforts and instead launched military operations against the defenders of our people homeland, the Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces (BIAF).”

The MILF chair also hit the government for not signing the Memorandum of Agreement on Ancestral Domain even if its negotiating panel had initialed the document.

He said the refusal to sign showed government’s insincerity to resolve the Bangsamoro issue.

“But we have to be patient.  Ramadan taught us that when we feel the pains of deprivation, we have to endure patiently for this is just temporary,” he said.

“There might be some hard times that we have to face in the days ahead that need our patience and sacrifices.  And in meeting these challenges of the hard times, our unity as people is of paramount importance,” he said.

In Cotabato City some revelers greeted Eid’l Fitr with gunshots.

Meantime, Governor Datu Zaldy Ampatuan will start today his second term as governor of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

Ampatuan will focus more on peace dialogues among his people in the next three years, ARMM solicitor-general Cynthia Guiani-Sayadi said.

“Let the essence of this Eid’l Fitr celebration inspire us in the ARMM government to perform our duties, as public servants, with utmost transparency and accountability. Let’s help one another in working out the attainment of lasting peace and development in the ARMM,” Guiani-Sayadi quoted Ampatuan as saying in an official statement. (Malu Cadelina Manar/MindaNews)

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