Pro-Moro Robin backs ARMM, AMIN’s peace programs PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 24 February 2016 11:50

Pro-Moro actor Robin Padilla on Monday gave a vote of confidence to the regional government of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao for its continuing effort to address issues and concerns besetting the Bangsamoro communities.

Padilla, a long-time supporter of domestic peace programs of ARMM Gov. Mujiv Hataman and his spouse, Anak Mindanao (AMIN)  Partylist Rep. Sitti Djalia Hataman,  was here Monday to help launch the couple’s “All for Peace, Peace for All” movement in Cotabato City.

Padilla on Tuesday also helped the Hatamans and other regional officials lead relief missions for drought-stricken communities in South Upi town in Maguindanao, a component province of ARMM.

Padilla, who embraced Islam more than ten years ago, said he supports the peace-building activities of the present ARMM administration and the AMIN partylist, convinced of their sincerity in helping push the Mindanao peace process forward.

Padilla repeatedly endorsed to the public the All for Peace, Peace for All movement, before reporters present in its launching at the conference hall of Hataman’s office at the ARMM capitol southwest of Cotabato City.

The movement, backed by various civil society organizations in Southern Mindanao, including the local Muslim and Christian religious communities, is focused on preserving solidarity among the culturally and spiritually diverse local communities.

Padilla had told reporters as a Muslim, it is his obligation to help foster peace and solidarity among ARMM folks, regardless of religions and tribal identities.

“Gov. Hataman is my friend even when he was still an AMIN partylist representative. I witnessed how he stood for Moro rights in many challenging situations,” Padilla said.

Hataman had served as a three-term AMIN partylist representative before President Benigno Aquino III appointed him officer-in-charge of ARMM in December 2011.

Hataman was elected as ARMM’s eighth regional governor, since the region’s inception in 1990, during the May 13, 2013 regional electoral exercise.

Padilla said he is impressed with how the Hataman administration and the AMIN are helping address underdevelopment in Moro communities via infrastructure and socio-economic interventions.

Padilla said while he is of Spanish descent and had Spaniard-ancestors who tried, but failed to colonize Mindanao’s Moro people, he has never been anti-Moro even before he became a Muslim by conversion.

“The challenge for us now, people from outside of ARMM, is how to help make peace prosper in this part of the country,” he said.

He said there is a need indeed to involve all sectors in the government’s effort to address security issues in the country’s south.

Gov. Hataman and Rep. Hataman both said they are grateful to Padilla for his continuing voluntary support to local peace programs meant to address nagging security issues in Mindanao.

While in South Upi, a hinterland Maguindanao town, the Hataman couple and Padilla took turns calling on local Muslim, Christian and lumad folks to continue supporting all peaceful means of resolving the nagging, decade’s old Moro issue.