MAGUINDANAO: As offer in the month of Ramadan, troopers from the army’s 6th Infantry Division (6th ID) successfully completed the construction of masjid or a mosque at the site of the armed encounter between Moro rebels and Philippine National Police-Special Action Forces in Barangay Tukanalipao, Mamasapano town.
The construction of the P1.4-million mosque was funded by Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) and was built by the 6th ID engineering personnel with assistance from local government units.
The construction of the mosque was hastened, for local Muslims to use in time for the holy month of Ramadan, said Maj. Gen. Edmundo Pangilinan, 6th ID commander during the formal opening of the mosque in Tukanalipao on Tuesday.
“We have remained steadfast in preserving peace despite some challenges. God, whatever we call Him, is the source of patience. This house of worship will help us enhance our patience and hope for peace,” he added.
Present in the event were ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman, Maguindanao Governor Esmael Mangudadatu, representatives from non-government organizations and other local leaders and policemen.
Copies of Qur’an, booklets entitled “Gabay sa Bagong Muslim” together with food packages were also distributed to around one thousand villagers in observance also of the month of Ramadan.
Other ongoing peace and development projects in Mamasapano such as gymnasium, covered court, schools and concreting of bridges and roads were also highlighted during the event.
International terrorist Zulkifli Bin Hir alias Marwan was neutralized during the bloody encounter in Mamasapano last January 25 this year between the PNP-Special Action Force and members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) that were reportedly joined by other unidentified armed groups that left 44 police commandos, 18 Muslim rebels and 5 other civilians killed.