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Eid in Basilan, other ARMM provinces peaceful

BANGSAMORO NEWS UPDATES • 15:15 PM Mon Aug 12, 2019
John M. Unson
Uniformed police personnel were markedly visible around Isabela City on Sunday. (Shared photo)

BASILAN --- The Eid’l Adha celebration on Sunday in the island province of Basilan was peaceful and officials attribute the feat to the cooperation of local officials, religious leaders, the police and military.

Gov. Jim Salliman said Monday he is thankful to the Philippine National Police and the Western Mindanao Command for the security provided during the outdoor congregational Eid’l Adha worship activities in Basilan’s 11 towns and its two cities, Lamitan and Isabela.

There was not a single untoward incident recorded on Sunday while Muslims in Basilan went out to perform Eid morning worship rite to mark their celebration of what is also known as the “Feast of Sacrifice,” a significant annual Islamic event.

Muslims also have the yearly Eid’l Fit’r, or culmination of the month-long Ramadhan fasting season.

Ramadhan is a holy month in Islam where Muslims fast from dawn to dusk for one lunar cycle, lasting from 28-29 days, as a religious obligation and to learn the value of self-restraint to achieve spiritual perfection.

Brig. Gen. Marni Marcos, director of the Police Regional Office- Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, said the Eid celebration in other BARMM provinces and in Cotabato City was just as peaceful.

“Besides the mayors and the provincial governors, we also ought to thank the barangay officials in the BARMM and the officials of the Bangsamoro regional government for helping the PRO-BARMM and the military secure thousands of worshipers who went out on Sunday to pray,” Marcos said.

Salliman said credit has to go to local government units, to the city police offices in Isabela and Lamitan, to the Basilan provincial police office, and to the 104th Brigade for cooperating efficiently in ensuring the safety of the Eid’l Adha festivities in Basilan on Sunday.

Thousands of Muslims prayed together in the parade ground of the Basilan National High School in Isabela City in an open-field while personnel of the Isabela City police and Army servicemen under the 104th Brigade, many of them Christians and non-Muslim barangay officials and community watchmen stayed around to protect them.

Local clerics in Isabela City, among them Bangsamoro parliament member Alzad Sattar, worked along with Mayor Sitti Djalia Turabin-Hataman in seeing through the grand activity.

Salliman said he is also grateful to his constituent-mayors, the members of the local Islamic religious community and Basilan Ulama Supreme Council who were in the forefront of overseeing the preparation for the Eid’l Adha activities in the cities of Lamitan and Isabela and in other designated sites in municipalities nearby. 

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