By Jauhari Usman: Ang sabi nga nang karamihan kaya natin ito, as long as we all do the same for the good of all, what not that we can not do it. The same as what we have in Baloi, the current of what Baloi is. The young Baloinians, young modern generations should start their innovation for good governance of Baloi. A first class Municipality that should lead the province of Lanao del Norte, that will work as a model Municipality for other municipalities, for Economic, Social, Education, Political and above all Religious endeavor. Kaya sa lahat, walang hindi makakayanan kung tayo'y magkakaisa religiously.
Top Story | Orlando Cardinal Quevedo
COTABATO City, Feb. 24, 2015–With the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) deliberations indefinitely suspended, a high-ranking churchman has invited the Filipino public to “hear Mindanao,” rejecting attempts by some sectors to use the Mamasapano encounter to halt the peace talks.
Don’t abandon peace
“Today, precisely because of what happened in Mamasapano, that path should not be abandoned. Hear Mindanao: the peace process should not be imperilled. Let the revolution stop. Let Mindanaoans turn factories of war into factories of prosperity. Let those in the north and in the south who are charged with leadership walk humbly, calmly and wisely before the God of Peace together,” says Cotabato Archbishop Orlando B. Cardinal Quevedo in a recent statement signed by fellow members of the clergy, the academe, the Moro community, and other peace advocates.
Good for evil
Echoing the “Golden Rule,” the prelate stresses, “Do not do to others what you would not have them do to you. Do not requite evil with evil. Requite evil with good, confusion and rage with wisdom, death with life. Pass a Bangsamoro Basic Law that secures justice and peace.”
According to him, 45 years of intermittent war caused suffering in Mindanao, killing over 150,000 combatants and civilians.
More war sans BBL
Given that violence in Mindanao only led to “more war, more wailing of widows and children, impoverishment,” he asserts that more was to be gained due to peace.
Quevedo argues that within the framework of the 1987 Constitution, the Moro quest for a homeland where they could live in prosperity as Filipinos fully integrated in the Philippine nation was possible through a path of peace.
Arduous but fruitful
He admits, however, that such task has been arduous but fruitful, with many courageous leaders on both sides having had to quell powerful objections to peace from within their ranks.
“In Mindanao, the peace has been kept. Cooperation between the MILF and the Philippine Army through the joint GPH-MILF Coordinating Committee on the Cessation of Hostilities, supported widely by a host of civilian groups, has been helpful in securing the peace and in bringing criminals to justice,” the cardinal explains.
No to terrorism
Quevedo adds that their partners in peace eschew extremism and terrorism, and favor a negotiated political solution.
“Let us heal our wounded trust in each other, and continue to strengthen each other in achieving peace and prosperity,” he prelate exclaims.
Joining Quevedo are the following: Cagayan de Oro Archbishop Antonio Ledesma, Archbishop Romulo Valles, Digos Bishop Guillermo Afable, Jesuit Provincial Superior Fr. Antonio Moreno, Fr. Joel E. Tabora of Ateneo de Davao University, Msgr. Julius C. Rodulfa of Holy Cross College of Davao, Sr. Paz P. Paglinawan, OP of Holy Cross College of Magsaysay, Rev. Leopoldo R. Naive, Dr. Lourdes Cabintoy of Philippine Women’s College, Dr. Antonio La Viña of Ateneo School of Government, Fr. Carlos Ronquillo of St. Aloysius Theological and Mission Institute, Fr. Roberto Yap of Xavier University, and others.
Some of the Moro and IP leaders backing the prelate’s call are as follows: Ustadz Noli Darindigon (Asatidz Council of Davao), Jaafar Kimpa (Jabu-Jabu, Inc.), Sh. Maher Gustaham (Sama and Bajau Council of Leaders), Lt. Gen. Aurelio B. Balabad (Eastern Mindanao Commands), Ustadz Janor C. Balo (Asatidz Council of Davao), Ustadz Nasser Usman (Salam Tribal Council), Hadji Cani Waradje (Ilang Muslim Village), Arasid Idlana Kimble (Laminusa Peoples Organization), and others. (Raymond A. Sebastián/CBCP News)