CALOOCAN CITY, Oct. 26 (PIA) --The Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) met with muftis, imams and madrasah officials based in the National Capital Region (NCR) on Monday, October 26 at the AFP General Headquarters in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City.
"I would like to express my sincerest gratitude to the Muftis and Imams based in NCR for gracing us with their presence on this great opportunity for an extensive dialogue between our organizations in order to fortify our efforts in fighting against lawless elements that threaten our fellow Filipinos," General Gilbert Gapay said welcoming the Muslim leaders.
The dignitaries were NCR Grand Mufti Dr. Al-Sheick Abdeljabar M. Macarimbor of the Filipino-Arab Alliance and united Muslim Ummah Federation for Socio-Economic and Peace Development; Grand Imam Alem Maguid A. Tahir; Aleem Ahmad Kudarat; Aleem Abubacar Talib Manamping; Datu Umbria P. Mama; Aleem Hanip Sarip; Aleem Aliasgar Abolais; Mohammad Alioden Manalinding; Aleem Nashroden Alamada; Alihasan Taha; Aleem Khalid H. Matling; Aleem Abdulhamid Mustapha; Hismam H. Sedic; Abdul Malik Calauto; Almanzor I. Hajishaq; Abobacar T. Manampen; Sherwina Ali; Secretary to the NCR Grand Mufti Alex Y. Lebria; Bai Rohaniza Sumndad-Usman.
Dr. Al-Sheick Abdeljabar M. Macarimbor, for his part said, there is a need for better collaboration between their groups and the AFP.
"We are happy that this meeting is a promising start to have a more lasting partnership with the AFP to further improve our Madaris and sustain this as a pillar and institution of peace," Macarimbor said.
"Everything happens for a reason and that this may be Allah's way for the government to further look into and act on the many challenges of the Madaris throughout the country", he added. (AFP PAO/PIA-NCR)