MANILA, July 21 (Xinhua) -- The Philippine government welcomed the Muslim Holy Month of Ramadan being observed by the Filipino- Muslims on Saturday.
Teresita Deles, Secretary of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process, said that Ramadan comes at a time " when the path to peace is demanding from us the ability to understand and accept our diversity as a people while celebrating the gift from our common humanity."
She also said the Holy Month could be a time for reflection on the values that support and uphold the message of peace.
"We will join you through prayers that sustain our faith, and in affirmation of the belief that everything good will be possible through the mercy and blessings of Allah," Deles said.
The Philippine government has been engaging the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), the largest Muslim rebel group in the country, in peace negotiation with the hope of finally ending decades-old armed conflict in the southern Philippine island of Mindanao.
Ramadan is the ninth month of the lunar Islamic calendar. It is the Muslim month of fasting, in which Muslims refrain from dawn until sunset from eating, drinking and sexual relations.