City Interfaith Council condemns Guiwan blast, PNP-SAF incidents PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 30 January 2015 14:01

Members of the Zamboanga City Interfaith Council, a special advisory body to the City Mayor’s Office, in a meeting yesterday afternoon strongly condemned the bombing in Guiwan on Jan. 23 and the Maguindanao incident last Sunday that led to the death of 44 Philippine National Police- Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) officers.

United as one, the council members called for the expediency of justice, dialogue and peace even as they condoled with the families of those who died in the Guiwan bomb explosion, and appealed for continued support to those injured during the incident.

“We appeal for calm and sobriety and work for peace and justice, but the rule of law and order must prevail,” the interfaith council said in a statement signed by its members with Mayor Beng Climaco as chairperson.

Composed of Christian and Muslim religious leaders and representatives of civil society organizations, the interfaith council likewise condemned in strongest terms possible the bloody incident that resulted in the death of 44 PNP-SAF members in Mamasapano, Maguindanao last Sunday.

“The City of Zamboanga looks with gratitude on the heroism displayed by the SAF during the Zamboanga siege in September 2013. We express our sympathy to all the families who lost their loved ones in these heartbreaking incidents,” the council members further said.

As the city of Zamboanga is still recovering from the siege, the interfaith leaders appealed to all parties to mediate with prudence on the path to take. “Ours is a call for speedy justice tempered with compassion and dialogue as the future of our children in Mindanao is at stake.”

The council meanwhile joins the nation in grieving and praying over the loss of heroes who dedicated their lives for the country. It also called for fair and proper representation in the investigation of the incident in the quest for truth and justice.

“Finally, we tread on in our faith and united we pray for God’s wisdom towards the path of justice and peace,” the interfaith leaders said in a statement released after meeting at City Hall conference room yesterday afternoon.

The statement was signed by Mayor Climaco, Fr. Joel Malcampo, interreligious coordinator of the Archdiocese Zamboanga; Rev. Fr. Paulino R. Ersando, president of the Zamboanga Ministers’ Fellowship; Engr. Ali S. Urao, secretariat of Darul Ifta; Dr. Pendatu Talib, chairperson of the Interreligious People’s Council of Leaders; Councilor Ismael I. Musa, Indigenous People’s representative; Prof. Ali T. Yacub, Al Haj., president of the Golden Crescent Consortium of Peace Builders; Dr. Milagros Fernandez, chairperson of the Local Council for Women; Arlene Perla Ledesma, director of Ateneo Peace Institute; Fr. Sebastiano D’Ambra, founder of Silsilah Dialogue Movement; Dr. Marcelina G. Carpizo of WMSU Peace and Human Security Institute; Dr. Pedro Melchor Natividad, OIC Schools Division superintendent; and Engr. George T. Jocutan, officer-in-charge of the National Commission for Indigenous People ( NCIP).— Vic Larato