Sulu solon dismisses criticisms on creation of peace council PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 31 March 2015 11:46

A lawmaker from Sulu and chair of the  House Committee on Muslim Affairs yesterday downplayed  accusation by some  lawmakers that the  creation of a five-man peace council is Palace’s last-ditch effort to save the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) now pending for review  and passage at the  Lower House.

Rep Loong,  also vice chair of the  House Ad Hoc Committee, said forming a council to help review  and strengthen the  provisions of the BBL is a welcome move  and must be supported by the people who love peace or wanted to live in peace.

Loong said the  people should join President Benigno Aquino’s “wagon of peace” as he called  on everyone to “give peace a chance”  in order for the people in Mindanao to enjoy peace,  development and social change.

In a press conference at Garden Orchid Hotel. Loong, a former hard core leader of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) turned lawmaker, said the Filipino people is very much fortunate to have a president who is very sincere and  determined to bring peace in Mindanao.

“Winning the heart and minds of  our people is the best alternative to address  peace, development and social change in Mindanao,” Rep Loong said.

He called on the people in Mindanao to rally behind President Aquino effort to find peace  in Mindanao through the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law under House Bill 4994.

“May I now call all the Bangsamoro people in this country to rally behind the declaration of  president Aquino,  to an all out peace in Mindanao in respond to the aspiration of the people in Mindanao,” Loong said, adding that as a “Muslim Tausog,  I will convey this message  to our constituents in Sulu province to congratulate  the president in advance for his undying support to his Muslim brothers and sisters in this country.”

Loong said  the president’s determination to achieve  peace in Mindanao is laudable  move and  the most appropriate respond to the needs and aspiration of the people in Mindanao.

He also warned detractors of peace saying “anything that will contradict the needs and aspiration of the people to achieve peace and development is absolutely contrary to the fundamental law of the land of this country.”  — Nonoy E Lacson