Don’t resort to religious bigotry, Nuño to critics PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 20 April 2016 15:01

District 2 House Rep. Lilia Macrohon-Nuño on Tuesday appealed to her political adversaries not to resort to religious bigotry in the current political campaign, saying the prevailing inter-faith harmony in Zamboanga City “should not be sacrificed in the altar of partisan politics.”

In a statement, Nuño deplored attempts by certain political quarters to discredit her by spreading intrigues and misinformation about her being a Muslim leader and linking her to the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), a Central Mindanao-based rebel group currently engaged in a peace process with the Philippine government.

“My political adversaries are spreading baseless rumors that I am allegedly part of the MILF and that I attended a meeting with them in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia recently. That is a blatant lie, a classic misrepresentation of facts by unscrupulous political operators,” Nuño said.

The truth is, Nuño said, she was invited, along with several other Mindanao lawmakers, by the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPPAP) in February 2014 to witness a signing ceremony of one of the annex agreements between the MILF panel and the Philippine peace panel.

“I respectfully appeal to my adversaries not to resort to religious bigotry, racist remarks and political mudslinging,” Nuño said. “Our hard earned inter-faith harmony that is prevailing in Zamboanga City should not be sacrificed in the altar of partisan politics. Let’s keep this political exercise clean.”

OPPAP records will show that Nuño was part the group of legislators who were invited to observe the 43rd GPH-MILF Exploratory Talks being held in Kuala Lumpur that ended with the signing of the Annex on Normalization, the last annex that completed the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CBA).

“My participation as a member of the House of Representative in the deliberation of the proposed Basic Law on the Bangsamoro (BBL) is known to the public. All my dealings as far as the Mindanao peace process is concerned have been transparent and on the record. We do not need unscrupulous political operators to peddle lies about this subject matter,” Nuño said.

Nuño said she was confident that she and First District Rep. CelsoLobregat have succeeded in representing the interests and clamor of the people of Zamboanga City on the BBL issue. Despite the prodding of President Benigno Aquino III, the House of Representatives and the Senate were not able to pass the measure during the 16th Congress.

In her statement, Nuño echoed the call of Lobregat for candidates to stick to the issues and not indulge in black propaganda to win the elections.

Earlier, Nuño said actual performance and a proven track record of sincere, corruption-free public service should be a better gauge in choosing the city’s political leaders in the May 9 elections rather than just the mere uncertain promise of youth.

Nuño made the statement as she twitted her critics who said the people of Zamboanga should now elect younger candidates in the coming elections.

“With due respect to my young critics, the issue in this election is not merely the age of a candidate,” Nuño said. “Given the many problems confronting the City of Zamboanga, what we need now are political leaders who have the capability, the capacity and the integrity to provide sincere public service without any hint or suspicion of corruption.”

Nuño said she was seeking another term as Second District representative to further pursue her HELP program that involves Health, Education, Livelihood and Peace and Order for the benefit of Zamboanga City residents, especially the poor and marginalized sectors.