Duterte calls for understanding, aleem trusts the Pope on his speech

Mayor Rodrigo Duterte has appealed for understanding in the midst of international reactions from Muslims on a statement of Pope Benedict XVI in a German university. “I am
appealing to all Muslim religious leaders and communities to understand the statement of Pope Benedict XVI,” Mayor Rodrigo Duterte said.

Duterte, known to have a good rapport with the city’s Muslim community, said the Pope did not intend to give an anti-Islam speech and was misquoted. “I appeal for people to read first the whole speech of the Pope,” he said. Duterte admitted having not read the speech himself but said the speech got direct English translations.

Aleem Mahmod Adilao, the regional chair of the Ulama League of the Philippines, said he does not believe the Pope intended to have anti-Islam pronouncements. “We know he stood for inter-religious dialogue. It’s impossible he has a bad intention,” the Muslim cleric
said in Testigo, a GMA television news program here. Read story here.


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