Basilan Bishop: Uhold respect for religion PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 01 April 2014 11:04

ISABELA CITY, Basilan – Basilan Bishop Martin S. Jumoad, DD appealed to Bangsamoro stakeholders to uphold the respect for religion and other cultures in Basilan.

The Basilan Bishop made the appeal as the government shortly before the government signed the peace agreement with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) last Thursday.

“We welcome the signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro. But the Bangsamoro stakeholders, especially those who will implement the agreement must remember the basic concepts of the agreement, i.e. it must be inclusive and that there is respect for religion, including the Christians,” the Bishop stressed.

He said that respect for one another, respect for other faiths and diversity of peoples in this part of Mindanao should be of utmost value for the stakeholders and the implementers of the agreement.

“The peace agreement is laudable. But without respect for religion, there will be no peace,” he said.

He hopes that those who will lead to implement the realization of the Bangsamoro, their leaders must shun corruption, exclusivity, and divisiveness.

When asked about the sentiments of Catholic Christians in Basilan, the Bishop said that based on his conversations with the faithful, “most of them would always refer to the two previous plebiscites where Isabela City rejected to be part of such political entity.”