Police and military authorities in Maguindanao have been placed on alert status during the fasting month of Ramadan.
Col. Dickson Hermoso, 6th Infantry Division spokesperson, said all military units in Maguindanao are on alert to thwart any attempt from lawless elements to sow terror during the holy month.
“We are not taking any chances, they did it last year, they may do it again,” Hermoso said of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) members who last year launched simultaneous attacks against military installations at the start of the fasting month.
The Ramadan starts upon the sighting of the new moon either on Friday night or today. During the holy month, Muslims fast from dawn to dusk for 30 days.
Citing intelligence information, Hermoso said the BIFF may stage attacks to sabotage the observance of the Ramadan.
“Tight security measures shall be imposed to prevent attacks by this group during the fasting month,” Hermoso said.
Vice President Jejomar Binay said the holy month of Ramadan is a time “for self-sacrifice and self-restraint.”
“It is also a time for reflection and re-focus one’s self on the worship of God and practice of selflessness. So as this holiest of months begins, may we also remember to respect the rights accorded to each one of us by the laws of God and man,” Binay said in a statement.
“Let us pratice tolerance, foster equality, and celebrate diversity; and fight discrimination and prejudice based on color, gender, or religion,” he added.
“Ramadan is also a time to uphold moral discipline. Let us therefore let the rule of law reign based on what is morally right, untainted by prejudice, partisanship or political affiliation,” he said.