Press Release
August 18, 2012

Message of Sen. Teofisto "TG" Guingona III
on the occasion of Eid'l Fitr 2012

Wakas ng Ramadan

Assalamu alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh!

Let me take this opportunity to extend my warmest greetings to our Muslim brothers and sisters, in celebration of the end of the fasting month of Ramadan, the Eid'l Fitr, or in the Philippines, the Hari Raya Puasa.

As the new moon rises at dusk and the Muslims welcome Hari Raya Puasa together with their strengthened spirituality, let us also welcome a new hope for peace, prosperity and development not just for Mindanao, but for the whole country.

Having been raised in Mindanao, I have shared many celebrations of Hari Raya Puasa in the warm company of Muslim families and friends. Good tidings and hopes for peace and forgiveness are expressed in these happy occasions, as the Ramadan month has strengthened their spirituality and adherence to the Merciful God.

Through it all, I am humbled that for a person who is suffering from the violence of war, so deprived of the bare essentials of progress, would have a willingness to forgive and forget the sadness of the past, in the spirit of Hari Raya Puasa.

May the Merciful God's grace shower us with more blessings, good health and peaceful lives.

Eid Mubarak!

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