Group seeks deeper analysis of Zambo crisis PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 October 2013 11:01

The Golden Crescent Consortium of Peace Builders and Affiliates (GCCPBA), a convening group of Muslim Professionals from the Academe, civil society organizations, media, local government, business and youth, convened its Special Assembly last October 26, 2013 at the College of Home Economics, Western Mindanao State University.

The GCCPBA facilitated a discussion and reflection on the Zamboanga siege where resource speaker Fr. Albert “Paring Bert” Alejo, SJ, member of the Crisis Management Committee, shared his analysis on the internal security concern that all Zamboanguenos faced.

Prof. Ali T. Yacub, AL-Haj, president of the Consortium, facilitated the discussion on the analysis of the Crisis. Members shared personal experiences and reflection on the 23-day siege.

Habib Kiram Kamaludin sought clarification on “why result to military solution and not on negotiation”.

The crisis may be assessed in various aspects- economically, politically, socially, culturally. The members sought for an understanding on what really transpired during the stages of the conflict.

Fr. Alejo shared his reflection on the need for not just a shallow understanding of the crisis but challenged everyone for a deeper analysis on the stages of the siege. “The concern of involving everyone to be in consultations, dialogues and postwar assessments has been a priority of the CMC. It is now on our part to synergize our efforts to help not just the victims but rebuild the city,” he said.

The next intervention of the organization is to facilitate a deeper analysis from among the Muslim leaders on the said crisis. The group sought to involve religious leaders in line with the forthcoming Mindanao Week of Peace Celebration.

Prof. Yacub challenged university professors to be cautious in framing up Reflection Papers on students about Muslim war. Since the group serves as a research group, he clarified that there exist no “Muslim War”. The siege is not religious in nature; it is political and socio-cultural.

The consortium’s resolution is to generate more and deeper analysis and recommends to the Crisis Management Committee to tap other experts from various sectors to be involved in the analysis especially from the academe, business, youth and civil society organizations. Trauma and psychological healing processes are next interventions of the group.