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Respect for all religions called for

MANILA (Agencies) : Bishop Martin Jumoad has called for respect for all religions in the wake of the widespread protests in the Muslim world over the release of the anti-Islamic movie, The Innocence of Muslims.

The bishop of Isabela in the southern Philippines said that respect for religions is essential to peace, saying that religion should never be used in a way that triggers conflict.

“This is an invitation for all of us, particularly film makers, to respect religion,” Bishop Jumoad told Radyo Veritas on September 17.

“It is really needed, because when you destroy the reputation, honour and integrity of a particular religion, you are not respecting the God that they worship and adore,” he said.

Bishop Jumoad also lauded the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) for rejecting calls from Al-Qaeda to attack United States of America (US) targets in the country.

Ghazali Jaafar, the vice chairperson for political affairs of the MILF, said that his organisation stands firm with its ceasefire agreement with the government.

Malacañang is not blocking the film from being screened in the country, despite the growing anti-US demonstrations in the Middle East and other parts of Africa.

However, authorities will remain on alert to neutralise any threats to security, particularly around the US embassy in Manila.