Chapters and member-organizations of Migrante in the Middle East along with its Muslim members today strongly denounce the barbaric massacre of civilians, women, lawyers, and journalists in Maguindano the other day, and join the calls of providing swift justice to the victims by putting behind bars the perpetrators and mastermind of the most horrible crime this year.
"It is really a sad moment for our fellow OFW-Muslim brothers and sisters that during Eid Al-adha this horrible crime had happened, worst as those involved were from two warring Muslims clans in Maguindanao," said John Leonard Monterona, Migrante-Middle East regional coordinator.
Monterona said Muslim members of Migrante in the Middle East conveyed to him how they felt hearing the horrible news from Maguindanao.
Binang Jiliano, a Muslim welfare case officer of the Kapatiran sa Gitnang Silangang (KGS), an affiliate of Migrante in Riyadh, said along with his fellow Muslim brothers and sisters, he condemned the massacre and urges the Arroyo government to provide swift justice to all the victims.
"Muslim brotherhood, faith and unity should not be destroyed by one's thirst for power and political ambitions," Jiliano added.
Jiliano conveyed to his fellow Muslims not to allow themselves to be controlled by the present administration's political machinations dividing Muslims using one against the other in order to easily rule them.
Monterona said KGS and Migrante along with its Muslim members will lead an indoor interfaith prayer for the victims of the Maguindanao massacre on November 27, a Friday, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and at the same time express their strong condemnation to the brutal killings of innocent civilians, women, lawyers, and journalists.
"Migrante-Middle East, Muslim OFWs and their families joins the Filipino people in demanding from the Arroyo government swift action to put behind bars the masterminds and perpetrators of this gruesome massacre though the alleged culprits are her political patrons in Maguindanao; the Arroyo govt. must put an end to the prevailing culture of imputy which flourished under her regime as numerous cases of political killings and disappearances in the country have been recorded," Monterona ended.