MANILA -- President Gloria Arroyo expressed deep solidarity with the Filipino Muslim community in the universal aspiration for peace and harmony as Muslims all over the world observe the holy fasting month of Ramadan.
"I join the Filipino Muslim community in the great hopes for peace, harmony and oneness with the Almighty in the observance of the holy month of Ramadhan," the President said in a statement.
She said the month of Ramadhan offers an opportunity for self- renewal and understanding among all communities based on mutual respect, unity and understanding regardless of religious beliefs.
"We acknowledge this moment of noble sacrifice among our Muslim brethren as we all steer the national community in the path of interfaith dialogue and cooperation, mutual respect among all creeds, and a common pursuit of a better life for all," Arroyo said.
"May this sacred month give us all the opportunity for self-renewal and the strength to bring forbearance and understanding to all communities—sharing that profound dream of every Filipino for peace not only in Mindanao but throughout the land and in the whole world."