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DUTERTE's 'Eid'l Adha' MESSAGE: REAL CHANGE REQUIRES SACRIFICE
[RELATED: Muslims recall Abraham’s obedience to God]


SEPTEMBER 11 -Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte wipes (C) his face while walking to the closing and handover ceremony for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Vientiane on September 8, 2016. US President Barack Obama urged Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte on September 8 to conduct his crime war "the right way", after 3,000 people were killed in the crackdown in just over two months. / AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN President Rodrigo Duterte greeted the Filipino Muslim community for the celebration of the Islamic holiday of Eid’l Adha on Monday, expressing gratitude for their support of the government and the peace process. READ: Sept. 12 declared holiday for Eid’l Adha “This occasion reminds us of the virtues that strengthen the very foundation of Islam. I join you in commemorating the ultimate obedience and trust of Ibrahim when he submits to sacrifice his son, Ishmael, according to the will of Allah. This occasion truly invigorates our common aspirations and rekindles the true significance of our faith,” Duterte said in his message on Sunday. Duterte, the first President from Mindanao, said he was hopeful that Filipinos, regardless of beliefs, would “join hands in building a united country for our children and the next generation.” “I deeply appreciate your support to this government and its programs on the ongoing peace process, especially in our efforts to realize equitable and sustainable development in Mindanao,” he said. READ MORE...RELATED, Muslims recall Abraham’s obedience to God...

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Police heighten security in ARMM ahead of Eid’l Adha
[RELATED: Rody asks Muslims - Set aside interests]


SEPTEMBER 11 -A Filipino Muslim woman prays during Eid al-Adha at the Blue Mosque in suburban Taguig, south of Manila, Philippines on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015. Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Adha, or the Feast of the Sacrifice, by sacrificing animals to commemorate the prophet Ibrahim's faith in being willing to sacrifice his son. AP Photo/Aaron Favila, File
COTABATO CITY — The police today started deploying uniformed personnel in designated sites for Monday’s congregational Eid’l Adha outdoor prayers in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) in anticipation of any attempt by radical groups to sabotage the event. There are threats from the Abu Sayyaf to disrupt the Eid’l Adha celebration in certain areas in Basilan and Sulu. Soldiers belonging to units of the Army’s 6th Infantry Division have visibly been guarding strategic spots along stretches of the Cotabato-General Santos Highway in three Maguindanao towns where there are forces of the outlawed Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF). The Abu Sayyaf and the BIFF differ in each other’s revolutionary objectives, but are one in their allegiance to the Independent State of Iraq and Syria and have a common denominator — that of espousing animosity to non-Muslims. The Eid’l Adha is the “feast of sacrifice” in Islam, an important event for Muslims which they celebrate during the 10th day of Dhul-Hijjah in the Islamic lunar-based Hijrah calendar, where they go out to perform open-field congregational prayers. This year’s Eid’l Adha corresponds to Sept. 12 in the Gregorian calendar, which Malacañang declared as a legal non-working holiday. READ MORE...RELATED, Rody asks Muslims: Set aside interests...

ALSO Palace comm chief Andanar: 9/11 opened Pandora's box in terrorism


SEPTEMBER 11 -This Sept. 3, 2016 photo shows a beam from the destroyed World Trade Center buildings, part of the 9/11 Memorial near the Veterans' Pavilion at the Fulton County Fair, in Wauseon, Ohio. “We just don’t know where the events of 9/11 have lead us,” said Rick Sluder, fire chief in Wauseon, Ohio, which obtained the beam and, together with neighboring departments built the memorial. "A lot of people are looking at this as, is this point of downfall or the point at which we rose above the rest, the point of resiliency?” Sluder said. “I don’t think that’s been determined yet.” Jetta Fraser/The Columbus Dispatch via AP
MANILA, Philippines — Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar on Sunday said the Sept. 11 or 9/11 attack in New York City 15 years ago paved the way for upgraded terrorism plans against the world. “We have learned so much from the 9/11 incident. Marami din hong Pilipino na naging biktima ho diyan. In fact, during that time, I remember that we were also anxious for the lives of the OFWs (overseas Filipino workers) or migrants in New York. So after that 9/11, it opened a Pandora’s box in terrorism, mas lalong lumawak po iyong plano ng mga terorista, at kasama ho tayo doon sa mga pinagplanuhan ng mga terorista na bombahin,” Andanar said in an interview with Radyo ng Bayan. READ MORE...

ALSO: Don't let others divide us - Obama urges on 15th anniversary of 9/11
[NYC, Pentagon ceremonies begin with silence, bell ringing for 2,983 victims]


SEPTEMBER 11 -Barack Obama's 9/11 remarks9:58 -New York 9/11 Anniversary Ceremony LIVE 0:00
U.S. President Barack Obama on Sunday urged Americans not to let the efforts of extremist groups divide his country along religious or ethnic lines as he marked the 15th anniversary of the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. "Groups like al-Qaeda, like ISIL, know that they will never be able to defeat a nation as great as America, so instead they try to terrorize in the hopes they can stoke enough fear that we turn on each other, that we change who we are or how we live," Obama said. Speaking during a memorial ceremony outside the Pentagon, one of the targets, Obama said Americans should reaffirm their "character as a nation," and "as people drawn from every corner of the world, every colour, every religion, every background." "In the end, the most enduring memorial to those we lost, is ensuring that America that we continue to be, that we stay true to ourselves, that we stay true to what's best in us, that we do not let others divide us." Americans "don't give into fear," he said, adding, "We will preserve our freedoms and the way of life that makes us a beacon to the world." 'Live up to the sacrifice' "We have the opportunity each and every day to live up to the sacrifice of those heroes that we lost." READ MORE...

ALSO: AFP Chief of Staff visits troops in Sulu; Duterte greets Muslims on Eid’l Adha [RELATED: Palace expects swift PNP probe on ‘vigilante killings’]


SEPTEMBER 12 -INTENSE FAITH – A Muslim boy gathers himself in deep prayer at the Golden Mosque in Quiapo, Manila, on the eve of Eid’l Adha, the Feast of Sacrifice, which marks the end of Hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Mecca. (Ali Vicoy / Manila Bulletin)
General Ricardo R. Visaya, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff, visited Jolo, Sulu over the weekend and rallied troops involved in the offensive against the terrorist Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG), while President Duterte greeted Muslims on the occasion of Eid’l Adha – the “Feast of Sacrifice” – today. The President’s greeting to the Muslim community came with an appeal on all Filipinos to do their share of personal sacrifices for the greater good as he strives hard to steer the nation towards peace and prosperity. “Let this celebration stand as a reminder that real change requires the sacrifice of our personal interest in favor of the common good of our citizens. Together, we can achieve progress, prosperity and harmony for all,” the President said. The President earlier declared September 12 as a nationwide holiday in observance of the Muslim feast of sacrifice. For the Muslim community, Eid’l Adha commemorates the day the willingness of prophet Ibrahim to sacrifice his son upon the orders of God. In the same message, the President extended his “heartfelt and warmest greetings” to the Muslim community in celebration of Eid’l Adha. He said the occasion is a reminder of the virtues that strengthen the very foundation of Islam. READ MORE... RELATED,
Palace expects swift PNP probe on ‘vigilante killings’...


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Duterte’s Eid’l Adha message: Real change requires sacrifice


Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte wipes (C) his face while walking to the closing and handover ceremony for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Vientiane on September 8, 2016. US President Barack Obama urged Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte on September 8 to conduct his crime war "the right way", after 3,000 people were killed in the crackdown in just over two months. / AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN

MANILA, SEPTEMBER 12, 2016 (INQUIRER) By: Yuji Vincent Gonzales @YGonzalesINQ September 11th, 2016 - President Rodrigo Duterte greeted the Filipino Muslim community for the celebration of the Islamic holiday of Eid’l Adha on Monday, expressing gratitude for their support of the government and the peace process.

READ: Sept. 12 declared holiday for Eid’l Adha

“This occasion reminds us of the virtues that strengthen the very foundation of Islam. I join you in commemorating the ultimate obedience and trust of Ibrahim when he submits to sacrifice his son, Ishmael, according to the will of Allah. This occasion truly invigorates our common aspirations and rekindles the true significance of our faith,” Duterte said in his message on Sunday.

Duterte, the first President from Mindanao, said he was hopeful that Filipinos, regardless of beliefs, would “join hands in building a united country for our children and the next generation.”

“I deeply appreciate your support to this government and its programs on the ongoing peace process, especially in our efforts to realize equitable and sustainable development in Mindanao,” he said.

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“Let this celebration stand as a reminder that real change requires the sacrifice of our personal interests in favor of the common good of our citizens. Together, we can achieve progress, prosperity and harmony for all,” Duterte added.

Sept. 12 was declared a national holiday in observance of Eid’l Adha, as directed under Republic Act 9849.

Eid’l Adha is the tenth day in the month of Hajj or Islamic Pilgrimage to Mecca where Muslims pay homage to Abraham’s supreme act of sacrifice, signifying mankind’s obedience to God. JE/rga

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Muslims recall Abraham’s obedience to God By: Nash B. Maulana, Yara Lukman @inquirerdotnet
Inquirer Mindanao, Philippine Daily Inquirer 01:20 AM September 12th, 2016


SPECIAL PRAYERS Muslims in Datu Saudi Ampatuan and neighboring towns in Maguindanao province are expected to converge at the PinkMosque this morning to offer special prayers during the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha. JEOFFREY MAITEM/INQUIRER MINDANAO

COTABATO CITY—Muslim leaders in the country have called on their constituents to shun extremism and draw inspiration from the story of Abraham, whose life and struggles are commemorated today by the world’s close to 2 billion Muslims on the occasion of Eid al-Adha.

Eid al-Adha, one of the two Muslim nonworking holidays observed in the Philippines, is the Feast of Sacrifice, which celebrates Abraham’s passing of God’s most difficult test of his faith—asking him to sacrifice his first born. When Abraham proved that he would really submit to the will of God, his son was spared and a ram was sacrificed in his stead.

At around 7 a.m. today, Muslim Filipinos pray in congregation and listen to a sermon from an imam.

After the special prayer, they gather and visit relatives. For those who are able to do so, a male cow or a goat will be slaughtered in the Islamic way, with prayers and expressions of pure intentions.

The meat is ideally divided into three parts: one each for the family, for friends and relatives, and for the less fortunate (as an act of charity).

Special prayer

“It is recommended that the special Eid prayer is done in an open space or field,” said Mohammad Nur Kadil, an assistant professor in Islamic religious studies at Ateneo de Zamboanga University.

“Eid al-Adha is observed in three days. The first is when the special prayer is done. The last two days can be allotted for slaughtering cows and for more time to celebrate with relatives,” he added.

In Lanao del Sur province, Gov. Bai Soraya Alonto Adiong underscored education for the youth and parents as a sustainable tool in efforts at sparing generations of young people from the menace of illegal drugs.

Maguindanao Gov. Esmael Mangudadatu said most Muslims abhorred violence, and urged worshippers in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) to offer supplication during the Eid al-Adha congregational prayers for the victims of the deadly Davao City bombing on Sept. 2.

Assemblyman Ziaur-Rahman Alonto Adiong of the ARMM’s Regional Legislative Assembly said, “Muslims should deeply reflect on the most beautiful story of sacrifice.”

He appealed to his fellow Muslims “to continue extending goodwill and friendship to Christians, who also believe in the Abrahamic tradition.”

Abul Khayr Alonto, newly appointed head of the Mindanao Development Authority, said Abraham had been looked up to by Muslims as the leader of humankind, because he was addressed in the Koran as the imam, which means “leader.”

Bangsamoro Grand Mufti Abu Huraira Udasan said that by performing hajj rituals, Muslims were retelling to their families and the world the great sacrifice and struggle of Nabi Ibrahim (alaihisalaam), as Abraham is addressed in the Koran.

Muslims and non-Muslims should bear in mind the lessons of Abraham’s story of faith tested in the greatest sacrifice told in a heavenly edict to take the life of his own child—and to realize that God, after all, holds human life so dear, said Udasan, who studied comparative Abrahamic religions in Jerusalem.

Scholars and students of comparative religions have taken significant notes on the supposed harmony of the Christian and Muslim Scriptures in the hajj rituals.

Respect for women

For instance, a ritual called sa’e, a seven-round jog to-and-fro the ancient Hills of Safa and Marwa (Kadesh and Bered in the Bible), is a reenactment by Muslims (men, women, young and old) of the struggle of the biblical Hagar, the first woman to receive divine inspiration, when she delivered Ishmael. (Genesis 16: 11-14)

Adiong said sa’e exemplified how Muslims held women in high regard because hajj could not be completed without paying tribute to Hagar, “the woman saved from persecution by a heavenly dialogue.”

Aside from slaughtering lambs, Muslims performing the pilgrimage reenact rituals or deeds attributed to Abraham, as his story of great leadership and love of family is told in the Bible (Genesis 22:12-19) and also in the Koran (2:124; 15:53 and 37: 101-107).

But followers of Abrahamic religions also speak of differences in retelling the patriarch’s story: The Muslims believe that Ishmael was the first born, whom God asked Ibrahim to offer as sacrifice, in accordance with the Hebrew tradition. The Christians believe it was Isaac, who was up for sacrifice by Abraham, and it was with Isaac that God made His covenant.

UP Diliman campus

At the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City, five Muslim students, who stay at dormitories, share how Eid is observed and celebrated on the campus.

Ben Balt, who is from Iligan and president of the Muslim Students Association, said “being away from my family does not make me totally updated about what’s happening at home. I can only see photos of their celebration on social media and I miss how the Eid is celebrated there.”

For Noreen Zsarina Tanua, one difference between celebrating Eid al-Adha in UP and back home in Marawi City “is that I feel more free at home because I really know the people around me. I am more comfortable to eat different food.”

Alrahje Paute, originally from Cotabato, said it was a different feeling to be accompanied by parents in the special prayer when “I was younger. Now, I feel more independent and mature to have other companions in the prayer.”


PHILSTAR

Police heighten security in ARMM ahead of Eid’l Adha By John Unson (philstar.com) | Updated September 11, 2016 - 2:40pm 5 14 googleplus1 0


A Filipino Muslim woman prays during Eid al-Adha at the Blue Mosque in suburban Taguig, south of Manila, Philippines on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015. Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Adha, or the Feast of the Sacrifice, by sacrificing animals to commemorate the prophet Ibrahim's faith in being willing to sacrifice his son. AP Photo/Aaron Favila, File

COTABATO CITY — The police today started deploying uniformed personnel in designated sites for Monday’s congregational Eid’l Adha outdoor prayers in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) in anticipation of any attempt by radical groups to sabotage the event.

There are threats from the Abu Sayyaf to disrupt the Eid’l Adha celebration in certain areas in Basilan and Sulu.

Soldiers belonging to units of the Army’s 6th Infantry Division have visibly been guarding strategic spots along stretches of the Cotabato-General Santos Highway in three Maguindanao towns where there are forces of the outlawed Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF).

The Abu Sayyaf and the BIFF differ in each other’s revolutionary objectives, but are one in their allegiance to the Independent State of Iraq and Syria and have a common denominator — that of espousing animosity to non-Muslims.

The Eid’l Adha is the “feast of sacrifice” in Islam, an important event for Muslims which they celebrate during the 10th day of Dhul-Hijjah in the Islamic lunar-based Hijrah calendar, where they go out to perform open-field congregational prayers.

This year’s Eid’l Adha corresponds to Sept. 12 in the Gregorian calendar, which Malacañang declared as a legal non-working holiday.

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So important is the Eid’l Adha to Muslims, for them much more significant than the Eid’l Fitr, the culmination of the month-long Ramadhan fasting season where they abstain from food and drinks from dawn to dusk for one lunar cycle or about 28 to 29 days, as a religious obligation and atonement for wrongdoings.

The Eid’l Adha is commemorated yearly by Muslims to honor the biblical act of loyalty to Allah by Abraham, chronicled both in the bible and in the Qur’an to have nearly slaughtered his son as an offering in a test of faith via divine instigation.

The biblical and Qur’anic narration of the story concluded with Archangel Gabriel (Jibrael) preventing Abraham from slitting the throat of the child and offering instead a sacrificial ram from the wilderness.

The Regional Police Office-ARMM has been guarding since Friday potential sites for open-field prayers in five towns in Sulu where Abu Sayyaf gunmen and government forces figured in more than 30 fierce gunfights in the past two weeks.

Clerics in Sulu on Sunday told The STAR via mobile phone that they are apprehensive of possible attacks by the Abu Sayyaf on Monday for two reasons, to disrupt the Eid’l Adha celebration by local residents and to avenge the deaths of more than 50 bandits killed by soldiers in recent encounters.

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Rody asks Muslims: Set aside interests By Alexis Romero and Giovanni Nilles (The Philippine Star) | Updated September 12, 2016 - 12:00am 1 21 googleplus0 0


Women gather for afternoon prayers at the Golden Mosque in Quiapo, Manila yesterday, the eve of Eid’l Adha or the Feast of Sacrifice. The holiday marks the end of Hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Mecca undertaken by Muslim devotees. EDD GUMBAN

MANILA, Philippines – President Duterte yesterday urged Muslims to set aside personal interests for the common good of the nation as he thanked them for supporting the peace process.

In his first message for the Muslim holiday Eid’l Adha as president, Duterte said Filipinos must unite to achieve progress, prosperity and harmony for all.

“Let this celebration stand as a reminder that real change requires the sacrifice of our personal interest in favor of the common good of our citizens,” Duterte said.

“I deeply appreciate your support to this government and its programs on the ongoing peace process, especially in our efforts to realize equitable and sustainable development in Mindanao. It is my dream to see our people, regardless of beliefs, join hands in building a united country for our children and the next generation,” he added.

The President said the occasion reminds Filipinos of virtues that strengthen the foundation of Islam and “invigorate common aspirations.”

Eid’l Adha or the Feast of Sacrifice commemorates Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his son Ishmael as an act of obedience to Allah, the Arabic word for God.

‘Happy Eid’l Adha’

Meanwhile, troops in Sulu are greeting all Muslims and Christians a “Happy Eid’l Adha,” as Muslims around the world gather to celebrate in prayer.

Brig. Gen. Arnel dela Vega, chief of Joint Task Force Sulu (JTFS), extended the troops’ message of solidarity during yesterday’s mass offering and blessing of a new hospital at Camp Bautista.

“We extend our sincere desire for a peaceful Eid’l Adha and we again appeal to the people of Sulu for their continued cooperation to ensure the safety of all members of the community,” Dela Vega said. – With Cecille Suerte Felipe


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Andanar: 9/11 opened Pandora's box in terrorism By Rosette Adel (philstar.com) | Updated September 11, 2016 - 6:52pm 7 53 googleplus0 0


This Sept. 3, 2016 photo shows a beam from the destroyed World Trade Center buildings, part of the 9/11 Memorial near the Veterans' Pavilion at the Fulton County Fair, in Wauseon, Ohio. “We just don’t know where the events of 9/11 have lead us,” said Rick Sluder, fire chief in Wauseon, Ohio, which obtained the beam and, together with neighboring departments built the memorial. "A lot of people are looking at this as, is this point of downfall or the point at which we rose above the rest, the point of resiliency?” Sluder said. “I don’t think that’s been determined yet.” Jetta Fraser/The Columbus Dispatch via AP

MANILA, Philippines — Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar on Sunday said the Sept. 11 or 9/11 attack in New York City 15 years ago paved the way for upgraded terrorism plans against the world.

“We have learned so much from the 9/11 incident. Marami din hong Pilipino na naging biktima ho diyan. In fact, during that time, I remember that we were also anxious for the lives of the OFWs (overseas Filipino workers) or migrants in New York. So after that 9/11, it opened a Pandora’s box in terrorism, mas lalong lumawak po iyong plano ng mga terorista, at kasama ho tayo doon sa mga pinagplanuhan ng mga terorista na bombahin,” Andanar said in an interview with Radyo ng Bayan.

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“As a matter of fact, ito’y nag-develop din into something really even worst ‘no. So nagkaroon ng mga extremists, iyong ISIS, tapos lalong lumakas ho iyong grupong Abu Sayyaf, mga ganiyan. So this is a reminder that all of us are facing a faceless enemy — terrorism,” he added.

Andanar then urged Filipinos to help each other in fighting terrorism. Last week, Andanar also asked for the public’s cooperation in fighting the “faceless enemy” after the night market blast in Davao City.

READ: Palace asks everybody to help gov’t combat ‘faceless enemy’

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“We should all be one in battling this (terrorism), we should all be helping each other. Hindi lang ho responsibilidad ng awtoridad, ng Philippine National Police at ng AFP, kung hindi ito po ay responsibilidad ng bawat Pilipino,” Andanar said.


CBC CANADA WORLD NEWS

'Don't let others divide us,' Obama urges on 15th anniversary of 9/11 attacks
[NYC, Pentagon ceremonies begin with silence, bell ringing for 2,983 victims]
The Associated Press Posted: Sep 11, 2016 9:37 AM ET Last Updated: Sep 11, 2016 12:29 PM ET


Barack Obama's 9/11 remarks9:58 -New York 9/11 Anniversary Ceremony LIVE 0:00

THE TWIN TOWERS BEFORE AND AFTER:


BEFORE 9/11: The former Twin Towers were 110 floors each, reaching 1,368 and 1,362 feet for the respective North and South towers. The first tenants moved into the North Tower in December 1970. The first occupants of the South Tower followed in September 1971, according to the Web site of the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey. A ribbon cutting ceremony for the Twin Towers was held in April 1973.


HERE THEY ARE TODAY, NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Thirteen years after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, lower Manhattan looks very different. The site of the new World Trade Center hosts the Freedom Tower -- the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere -- as well as a new National September 11 Memorial Museum, which opened in May 2014. Three years ago, on the 10th anniversary of the attacks, the National September 11 Memorial was dedicated to the nearly 3,000 victims and their families. It also pays tribute to the victims of the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center. In 2015, construction of the state-of-the art World Trade Center Transportation Hub is expected to be completed. Following completion, it is expected to serve more than 200,000 daily commuters and millions of visitors through 11 different subway lines, the PATH train and the Battery Park City Ferry Terminal, connecting visitors to the World Trade Center's Towers 1, 2, 3 and 4 and the World Financial Center, as well as shops and restaurants located on the main concourse.

U.S. President Barack Obama on Sunday urged Americans not to let the efforts of extremist groups divide his country along religious or ethnic lines as he marked the 15th anniversary of the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

"Groups like al-Qaeda, like ISIL, know that they will never be able to defeat a nation as great as America, so instead they try to terrorize in the hopes they can stoke enough fear that we turn on each other, that we change who we are or how we live," Obama said.

Speaking during a memorial ceremony outside the Pentagon, one of the targets, Obama said Americans should reaffirm their "character as a nation," and "as people drawn from every corner of the world, every colour, every religion, every background."

"In the end, the most enduring memorial to those we lost, is ensuring that America that we continue to be, that we stay true to ourselves, that we stay true to what's best in us, that we do not let others divide us."

Americans "don't give into fear," he said, adding, "We will preserve our freedoms and the way of life that makes us a beacon to the world."

'Live up to the sacrifice'

"We have the opportunity each and every day to live up to the sacrifice of those heroes that we lost."

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'Overheated' Hillary Clinton leaves 9/11 ceremony early

In New York, Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican rival Donald Trump took a break from campaigning for the U.S. presidency to quietly mark the anniversary, without making any statements in public.

The two were at the Ground Zero Memorial as people gathered to observe a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m. ET, the moment one of the planes used in the attacks struck the World Trade Center's North Tower.

15th anniversary of 9/11 sees rebirth and renewal at Ground Zero

As they do every year, the families of the victims read the names of their lost loved one, in pairs, pausing for another moment of silence at 9:03 a.m., when a second airliner struck the South Tower.

"It doesn't get easier. The grief never goes away. You don't move forward — it always stays with you," said Tom Acquaviva, of Wayne, New Jersey, who lost his son Paul Acquaviva.

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A single ring of a bell marked the start of the memorial ceremony in New York. (CBC)

No public officials spoke at the New York ceremony, in keeping with a tradition that began in 2012. The 9/11 Memorial Museum, which sits in the plaza surrounded by white oak trees, will be open on Sunday only to family members of the victims.

Hundreds of people were expected at a ceremony at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, close to where a hijacked passenger jet slammed into a field 15 years ago.

While the vast majority of 2,983 victims were Americans, there were 372 foreign nationals from 61 countries among those killed, including 24 Canadians. More than 400 emergency workers in New York were killed.

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The hours-long reading of the names of the dead took place at the memorial plaza in New York City. (CBC)

Several events marking the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks were to be held on Sunday in Gander, N.L. The city took in nearly 7,000 plane passengers when all flights across North America were grounded on the day of the attacks.

Mayor Claude Elliott remembers how the town of 9,600 in 2001 almost doubled its population overnight as it cared for passengers who were stranded for five days.

Gander 'put everything into action'

"It was only natural for us to look after people who were in need of love and compassion and food and clothing," he told CBC. "And we did that."

It was probably 26 or 27 hours after the planes landed that officials in Gander realized that passengers would not be allowed to fly home for a while.

New Yorkers tell Gander students 9/11 response inspired hope

Steel beam from World Trade Center en route to Gander

"So we decided then that we had to make plans, and that's when we put everything into action to make sure we had places for people to go, to sleep, to stay. And we used every service group in Gander, every church and school and everything, because we had to keep the hotel rooms for the crew, because we wanted them well rested when they were ready to leave."

Clinton 9/11 15th anniversary


Hillary Clinton attends the anniversary ceremony on Sunday at the site where the World Trade Center was destroyed on Sept. 11, 2001. (CBC)

U.S. Consul General Steven Giegerich and Premier Dwight Ball were to join thousands of others at an ecumenical service that will also raise awareness about post-traumatic stress disorder. A foundation named for a firefighter who died trying to rescue people from the twin towers has sent a piece of steel beam from the South Tower to Gander as a thank-you gift.

"Today, we mark the 15th anniversary of the terrorist attacks in the United States that killed nearly 3,000 innocent victims – including 24 Canadians," Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a statement.

Trudeau said he wanted to offer, "heartfelt support to those still struggling with the physical and emotional injuries they sustained on 9/11."

"While 9/11 will long be remembered as a day of destruction and terror, let us also remember it for the remarkable humanity that was shown in such a tragic time. May we never forget the countless Canadians, from coast to coast to coast, who opened their hearts and their homes to those affected by the attacks," he said.

Donald Trump 9/11 anniversary


Donald Trump, centre, also attended the anniversary ceremony. (CBC)

Organizers in the U.S. planned some additional music and readings on Sunday to mark the milestone year. But they were keeping close to what are now traditions: moments of silence and tolling bells, an apolitical atmosphere and the hours-long reading of the names of the dead.

Why the '9/11 Truth' movement endures 15 years later​

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Steel beam from World Trade Center en route to Gander

"This idea of physical transformation is so real here," Sept. 11 memorial President Joe Daniels said this week. But on this Sept. 11 itself, "bringing the focus back to why we did all this — which is to honour those that were lost — is something very intentional."

Financial and other hurdles delayed the redevelopment of the Trade Center site early on, but now the 9/11 museum, three of four currently planned skyscrapers, an architecturally adventuresome transportation hub and shopping concourse and other features stand at the site. A design for a long-stalled, $250 million performing arts centew was unveiled Thursday.

Around the Trade Center, lower Manhattan now has dozens of new hotels and eateries, 60,000 more residents and ever-more visitors than before 9/11.


MANILA BULLETIN

AFP Chief of Staff visits troops in Sulu; Duterte greets Muslims on Eid’l Adha September 12, 2016 Share1 Tweet0 Share0 Email0 Share11 By Francis T. Wakefield, Genalyn D. Kabiling, and Nonoy E. Lacson


INTENSE FAITH – A Muslim boy gathers himself in deep prayer at the Golden Mosque in Quiapo, Manila, on the eve of Eid’l Adha, the Feast of Sacrifice, which marks the end of Hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Mecca. (Ali Vicoy / Manila Bulletin)

General Ricardo R. Visaya, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff, visited Jolo, Sulu over the weekend and rallied troops involved in the offensive against the terrorist Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG), while President Duterte greeted Muslims on the occasion of Eid’l Adha – the “Feast of Sacrifice” – today.

The President’s greeting to the Muslim community came with an appeal on all Filipinos to do their share of personal sacrifices for the greater good as he strives hard to steer the nation towards peace and prosperity.

“Let this celebration stand as a reminder that real change requires the sacrifice of our personal interest in favor of the common good of our citizens. Together, we can achieve progress, prosperity and harmony for all,” the President said.

The President earlier declared September 12 as a nationwide holiday in observance of the Muslim feast of sacrifice. For the Muslim community, Eid’l Adha commemorates the day the willingness of prophet Ibrahim to sacrifice his son upon the orders of God.

In the same message, the President extended his “heartfelt and warmest greetings” to the Muslim community in celebration of Eid’l Adha. He said the occasion is a reminder of the virtues that strengthen the very foundation of Islam.

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“I join you in commemorating the ultimate obedience and trust of Ibrahim when he submits to sacrifice his son, Ishmael, according to the will of Allah. This occasion truly invigorates our common aspirations and rekindles the true significance of our faith,” he said.

Duterte said he also appreciates the support of the Filipino Muslims for the government’s peace and development efforts in Mindanao.

Meanwhile, for Visaya, his fifth visit to troops taking the brunt of the fighting in the effort to destroy the ASG and rescue the remaining hostages came with a warning to the ASG.

Visaya told the armed bandits to take the path of peace “if not, our soldiers will hunt them down and pursue them until all of them are neutralized.”

“Those Abu Sayyaf Group members who want to surrender, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) will accept them, provided that they will release their hostages,” he added.

Three of those visits were done after the beheading of Patrick James Almodvar, a local Muslim Jolo resident.

Top brass of the AFP including the Commanding General of the Phil Army, Lt. Gen. Eduardo Ano; Western Mindanao Command Chief, Lt. Gen. Mayoralgo dela Cruz; the Chief Surgeon, Brig. Gen. Mariano Mejia and other Generals from the General Headquarters accompanied the Chief of Staff in rallying the troops headed by Joint Task Force Sulu Commander, Brig. Gen. Arnel Dela Vega together with 101st Brigade and 501st Bridage Commanders; Col Jesus Manangquil and Col Jose Faustino including Battalion Commanders and other key officers and troops.

Dela Vega led government troops in Sulu in greeting all Muslims and Christians alike a happy Eid’l Adha as Muslims around the world gather and celebrate.

This is the message of solidarity of troops as mass is celebrated yesterday during the blessing of a newly constructed hospital inside Camp Bautista.

The newly constructed station hospital is expected to enhance the survival of wounded troops and widen the medical care that can be given to soldiers and their families while stationed in Sulu.

Dela Vega, commander of Joint Task Force Sulu (JTFS), said soldiers in Sulu and those assigned generally in Mindanao have learned to understand and respect the religion and culture of Moros.

“We extend our sincere desire for a peaceful Eid’l Adha and we again appeal to the people of Sulu for their continued cooperation to ensure the safety of all members of the community,” Dela Vega said.

The visit aims to boost the morale of troops, be abreast of the conduct of operation and hear for himself the needs of the operating units as well as provide guidance and convey the message of President Rodrigo Duterte to ground troops on the war against terror. The AFP chief also inspected the newly constructed camp hospital and status of its facilities.

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Malacañang is pleased with the successful police operations against illegal drugs but is concerned with the rising cases of vigilante killings in the country.

Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar asserted that they expect the Philippine National Police (PNP) to conduct a swift probe on suspected summary executions of drug suspects.

“We consider the police operations as a success but those deaths involving gang wars, wherein they eliminate each other, of course that is a cause for concern. That doesn’t fall under the ambit of the law,” Andanar said in Filipino during a radio interview.

“The PNP has said all summary killings or deaths resulting from gang wars, these are under investigation,” he added.

The PNP recently reported that death toll of drug suspects has reached almost 3,000 since the Duterte administration started office more than two months ago.

Of the body count from July to September 10, 1,466 drug personalities were killed in police operations against illegal drug trade. Another 1,490 drug-related deaths were under investigation.

So far, the police have arrested more than 16,000 drug suspects in their operations. More than 700,000 drug dependents have also surrendered to authorities since Duterte came to power.

Despite human rights concerns raised by groups here and abroad, the President earlier warned that “plenty will be killed” in the government’s intensified campaign against the narcotics trade. The tough-talking leader has already authorized the law enforcers to kill suspects who resist arrest and threaten their lives.

PNP MISFITS

Meanwhile the PNP has filed the cases that would formally kick out from the service a total of 141 of its personnel who tested positive in the mandatory drug test conducted in the first two months of the Duterte administration.

Chief Superintendent Leo Amgelo Leuterio, director general of the Internal Affairs Service (IAS), most of those charged are rookie policemen or those with a rank of Police Officer 1, with a total of 57 now undergoing summary dismissal proceedings.

“They are now charged with grave misconduct by violation of the anti-drugs law,” said Leuterio.

There were three junior officers charged in connection with illegal drugs use, one each with a rank of Inspector, Senior Inspector and Chief Inspector.

There were 18 senior officers with ranks equivalent to sergeants in the military while the rest are those with ranks of Police Officer 2 and Police Officer 3.

Leuterio noticed that most of those charged are those with the ranks from PO1 to PO3, accounting for 114 of the 141 of those charged.


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