MANILA — The rehabilitation of a mosque in Tukanalipao village in Mamasapano, Maguindanao province has been completed just in time for the observation of the holy month of Ramadan.
The restoration was launched by Maj. Gen. Edmundo Pangilinan, chief of the 6th Infantry Division, according to Mamasapano Mayor Benzar Ampatuan.
In an interview for the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Ampatuan said that efforts to restore the mosque came from both the civilians and soldiers.
“As peacekeepers, we too, are peace-builders, ready to conduct rescue and restoration activities to affected inhabitants and their damaged properties. And this humanitarian gesture is carried out with the coordination of local government units and other interested partner agencies,” Gen. Pangilinan said in the same PDI report.
Following the clash between the government and the Moro rebels which killed forty-four Philippine National Police Special Action Force (SAF) commandos, Gov. Mujiv Hataman of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao said that the effort was what the two needed.
“This is what we need to mend fences and differences—unity that would promote peace, harmony and coexistence, regardless of tribe, religion, culture and political affiliation,” Hataman said.