500 bikers to go the ‘extra mile’ for peace in Mindanao PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 29 May 2011 16:38

Around 500 bikers will pedal the “extra mile” for peace in Mindanao today.
Biking enthusiasts, government officials, civil society organizations, police, and military forces will unite for
the peace campaign dubbed “Bike for Peace 2011.”

According to the Office of the Presidential Peace Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP), the government peace panel with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) initiated the event to gain more public support on the Mindanao peace process.

The 36-km bike event will start at 6:30 a.m. at the Cotabato City Hall, then to the town of Datu Odin Sinsuat, and will end near the Municipal Hall of Upi, Maguindanao.

Different groups are expected to take part in the peace event to include: Cotabato Off Road Enthusiasts (CORE); Karancho Motorcycle Club; Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Eastern Mindanao Command (EastMinCom); AFP 6th Infantry Division (6ID); Initiatives for International Dialogue (IID); Mindanao Human Rights Action Center (MINHRAC); Mindanao People’s Caucus (MPC), Nonviolent Peaceforce (NP); and Muslim Organization of Government Officials and Professionals.

Meanwhile, a simultaneous medical mission will also be held by the Upi local government at the town gymnasium.

The government peace panel is set to present its proposal to the MILF during the next round of talks on June 27-28, 2011 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.