12 Mindanao legislators renewed support to PNoy PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 05 February 2015 13:50

Twelve Muslim  legislators from Mindanao renewed on Wednesday their support to  President Benigno Aquino, lll  in his search for meaningful, lasting and sustainable peace in Mindanao as they also support any investigation or measure that shall give justice where it is due.

In a joint statement sent to media, the legislators said “ee appeal to all concerned not to use the incident as a deterrence to our quest for peace, development and prosperity through the approval and ratification of the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law, a measure dubbed as an instrument of peace.”

The 12 leaders from Mindanao also said that they are  wholeheartedly supporting  the proposal for the immediate conduct of an impartial investigation by a body with the same number of representatives from the Government Republic of the Philippines (GRP)  and the International Monitoring Team.

The joint statement was  signed by Deputy Speaker for Mindanao Pangalian M Balindong (2nd District, Lanao del Sur):  Representatives Habib Tupay Loong (1st District, Sulu), Chair, Committee on Muslim Affairs and   Vice Chair, Ad Hoc Committee on the BBL: Jim Hataman –Salliman (Lone District, Basilan province) Vice Chair, Ad Hoc Committee on the BBL:  Bai Sandra  A. Sema (1st District, Maguindanao & Cotabato City), Vice Chair, Ad Hoc Committee on the BBL: Ansaruddin A.M.A. Adiong (1st District, Lanao del Sur): Maryam  Napil Arbison (2nd District, Sulu) : Abdullah D.  Dimaporo (2nd District, Lanao del Norte) : Imelda Quibranza Dimaporo (1st District, Lanao del Norte): Zajid G. Mangudadatu (2nd District, Maguindanao) : Ruby   M. Sahali (Lone     District, Tawi Tawi) : Raden  C. Sakaluran (1st District, Sultan Kudarat)  and      Sitti Djalia  A. Turabin-Hataman (Party-List, Anak Mindanao).

The leaders also plead to  the people of Mindanao to act with sobriety in appreciating the facts and circumstances that led to the grim incident last January 25.

Rep Loong said  they sympathize with all the families whose loved ones lost their lives in the incident, adding “We grieve over the loss of lives on both sides who fought for the same cause, that the right to live in peace be for all.”

However, he said the legislators from Mindanao  believe that “in order to stop the tide of violence and strife, we, as one nation, must strive even harder to foster the principles of peace and unity, equality and fraternity for all.”

Rep Sahali for her part said, “we condemn the incident as highly unfortunate in the wake of our determined and sustained effort to promote genuine peace, more particularly in Muslim Mindanao, through the enactment of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) that intends to give flesh, essence and substance to the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) which the GRP and the MILF signed last year.” — Nonoy E Lacson