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AFP, PNP urge Muslims to remain vigilant during observance of Ramadan

GMA News Online logo GMA News Online 5 days ago Jimenez, Raffy
A Muslim prays a dhuhr or noon prayer inside the Golden Mosque in Globo de Oro, Quiapo on Tuesday, May 15, 2018. Muslims all over the world are preparing for the month-long fast or Ramadan. A group of senior Ulamah will gather on Tuesday afternoon for the moonsighting to determine the start of Ramadan. Danny Pata © Danny Pata A Muslim prays a dhuhr or noon prayer inside the Golden Mosque in Globo de Oro, Quiapo on Tuesday, May 15, 2018. Muslims all over the world are preparing for the month-long fast or Ramadan. A group of senior Ulamah will gather on Tuesday afternoon for the moonsighting to determine the start of Ramadan. Danny Pata

The Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police urged the Muslim community to remain vigilant as they begin their month-long observance of Ramadan.

Both spokespersons of the AFP and PNP, Colonel Edgard Arevalo and Chief Superintendent John Bulalacao, expressed solidarity with the Muslim community, saying that the "month-long period of penance, prayer, and reflection remind each one of us the value of peace, love, and sense of community."

Arevalo, however, said that the AFP is "conscious of the possibility that unscrupulous individuals or groups may be out to sow chaos."

"Let us, together, prevent them from disrupting the solemn observance of the Holy Month of Ramadan," he said in a statement.

"The AFP assures fellow Filipinos that in the conduct of our focused military operations necessary to safeguard our people and the communities, our soldiers will exercise caution and be mindful of the sensitivities called for in the occasion," he added.

Bulalacao, for his part, said that the PNP will "ensure that peace and order is maintained during the celebration to keep its holy observance."

"We enjoin the Muslim community to remain vigilant against unscrupulous individuals who will disrupt the peace and chaos by immediately reporting them to authorities," he said.

Ramadan is ninth month of the Islamic calendar when Muslims commemorate the first revelation of the Quran to the Prophet Muhammad.

The holy month calls for spiritual reflection through praying, fasting, and abstaining from sinful behavior. — Marlly Rome Bondoc/RSJ, GMA News

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