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Stop indiscriminate military air strikes in Marawi – Hontiveros

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Senator Risa Hontiveros is hoping the military will heed the call of Filipino-Muslim communities to end the “indiscriminate” aerial bombings of Marawi City in order to pulverize the Maute terrorists.

Hontiveros and fellow senators ​recently ​join​ed​ all Muslims in the Philippines and all over the world as they mark the culmination of Ramadan or Eid al-Fitr.

​The military declared an eight-hour humanitarian pause out of respect of the Eid’l Fitr, the end of the Muslim holiday of Ramadan.

“I laud the AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines) for exercising religious sensitivity even as it continues with its effort to defeat the Maute terrorist group,” Hontiveros said.

She lauded the AFP leadership for its decision to spare mosques from its military attacks. “I hope that this series of good gestures from the military will extend to heeding the Filipino-Muslim community’s call for an end to the indiscriminate aerial bombings.”

Sen​ator ​Joel Villanueva has acknowledged the “good-heartedness of Muslims in Marawi City who helped shield” their Christian neighbors. This is not the time to see our differences but a chance to look after one another, he said.

“Together, let us pray for peace to prevail in Marawi City and the rest of Mindanao, peace that would put an end to poverty and usher progress in a land that has long been deprived of the greatness it deserves. Eid Mubarak!” Villanueva said.

“After a month of fasting, introspection and quest of faith, let the occasion of Eid’l Fitr serve as symbol of our collective pursuit towards peace and unity, especially in this time when our solidarity as a nation is being put to test with the fighting in Marawi City,” Sen. Grace Poe said.

Sen. Loren Legarda ​also ​join​ed​ the Muslims ​community celebrating the Eid​’l​ Fitr “with fervent prayers that the conflict in Marawi would end soon.”