Eid al-Fitr Observance: “Humanitarian Pause” Declared in Marawi Operations

Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief-of-Staff General Eduardo Año, with the recommendation of Lt. Gen. Carlito Galvez, Jr. of Western Mindanao Command, declared a “Humanitarian Pause” in military operations in Marawi City that will take effect on June 25, 2017, 6:00AM to 2:00PM.

The declaration seeks to allow the Islamic faithful in Marawi City to peacefully celebrate Eid al-Fitr.

“We declare a lull in our current operations in the city on that day as a manifestation of our high respect to the Islamic faith. A testimony to the AFP’s solid commitment to provide our brother Muslims, especially in the City of Marawi, an opportunity to observe this festive event that will mark the end of the month-long period of Ramadhan,” General Año said.

The “Humanitarian Pause” in the AFP’s offensive operations will only cover a halt in the employment of its capabilities during the inclusive period. It will be lifted immediately if any of the following conditions occur:

(1) the security of our troops is jeopardized;
(2) the safety of civilians is threatened; and
(3) if the enemy starts shooting.

“At that point, our personnel may exercise their right to self-defense,” General Año said.

From Assemblyman Zia Alonto Adiong

Congregational Prayer for Eid’l Fitr celebration will start at 6:30AM and will be followed by a sermon from an Imam. This is the saddest Eid’l Fitr celebration in recent memory. The local militant group robbed us the chance to observe Ramadhan peacefully. They stole from us the opportunity to celebrate this religious occasion with our loved ones.

For centuries, this Islamic tradition has been observed uninterrupted in Marawi City. But now, it pains us to see families who can’t even share meals together, pray together and continue observing this Muslim tradition simply because our current state doesn’t permit such family gathering to take place.

Our prayers and thoughts are with the 264,000 Maranao evacuees scattered in various evacuation centers and places of temporary shelter.

Even in this hard times, I still want to greet all Maranaos a Happy Eid’l Fitr wherever they may be.

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