Philippine governor calls for no festive Eid gunfire

Police, military personnel in autonomous Muslim region warned of disciplinary action if firearms used in revelry

Philippine governor calls for no festive Eid gunfire

World Bulletin / News Desk

The governor of the Philippines' Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) has called on Muslim residents to not celebrate the upcoming Eid al-Fitr holiday with festive gunfire.

“Nowhere in the Holy Qur’an can we find a single sentence ordering us to `make noise’ or engage in activities that can be harmful to us and our neighbors during the Eid al-Fitr,” Mujiv Hataman said in a statement Wednesday.

He underlined that the holiday – which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan and is expected to fall on Friday in the Philippines -- is best celebrated through congregational prayers.

He also stressed the importance of people with financial resources hosting banquets for their poor neighbors regardless of their religions and ethnic identities.

Hataman, who chairs the regional peace and order council, has ordered ARMM security officials to tighten security to ensure that residents can celebrate Eid safely.

Police officials began to seal the muzzles of officers’ firearms with tape to prevent indiscriminate celebratory gunfire during the revelry of the holiday, after which their service firearms will be inspected and an inventory of their ammunition taken.

ARMM’s police director Chief Supt. Ronald Estilles warned in a statement that administrative action will be taken against any policeman caught firing a gun during the Eid merry-making.

In a separate statement, Maj. Gen. Edmundo Pangilinan, commander of the 6th Infantry Division that covers Maguindanao and Lanao del Sur provinces, said he had also issued a directive to subordinates not to use their guns during celebrations.

“While I am very supportive of all religious activities of my Muslim men in different units of 6th ID, I also do not want them to fire their guns to do revelries,” Pangilinan said, warning of immediate dishonorable discharge.

Eid al-Fitr marks the culmination of the month-long fast of Ramadan – one of the “five pillars” of the Islamic faith.

Governor Hataman said Wednesday except for some isolated incidents, the ARMM – a region in which several armed groups operate -- had experienced a relatively peaceful Ramadan since June 18.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 15 Temmuz 2015, 12:30