Press Release
August 12, 2019

Statement of Senator Juan Miguel F. Zubiri on the celebration of Eid al-Adha

The commemoration of Eidal-Adha is very important to me personally. As a Mindanaoan and having worked for nine years in the House of Representatives with fellow congressmen who are Muslim, I strongly felt that this holiday should be observed by all Filipinos. I wished peace for the whole country.

Mindanao is a hotbed of terrorism and rebellion because the Manila-centric government has failed to end extreme poverty there and democratic institutions have not been supported well.

I principally authored R.A. 9849 as a sign of unity with and religious tolerance for more than 5% of our population. I greet them today with total respect. No less than 5 million Filipinos practice the faith of Islam and every citizen should see to it that Muslim holidays are observed properly.

I also enjoin everyone to wish our Muslim Filipino brothers the best in the implementation of the Bangsamoro Organic Law. We are all in this together for peace, harmony & progress for our Muslim brothers.

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