Saturday, 29 October 2011 09:59
The Confederation of Provincial Governors, City Mayors and Municipal Mayors' Leagues (Confed) presidents of Mindanao has expressed support to President Benigno Aquino III's call for sobriety in going for all-out justice and peace, instead of heeding calls for all-out-war in addressing the conflict in Basilan and Zamboanga Sibugay.
In a manifesto of support presented by Davao del Norte Governor Rodolfo Del Rosario, president of Confed-Mindanao, the local executives stressed that an all-out-war is not an option due to its heavy toll and collateral damage not just on conflict areas but the whole of Mindanao.
The Confed-Mindanao stressed that those involved in the killing of soldiers in Basilan and Zamboanga Sibugay must be pursued relentlessly and must be subjected to the rule of law, as a way of showing honor to the fallen soldiers who offered their lives defending the country.
The Confed-Mindanao also asserted that peace is a central ingredient to the country's future, where all stakeholders must remain firmly committed to achieve.
“We call on both the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front to remain steadfast and pursue a track that allows for a genuinely inclusive and transparent peace with greater engagement of the Mindanao stakeholders including the local government units,” the local government executives stressed.
Del Rosario urged local government units who have soldiers killed in Albarka, Basilan to show sympathy to their respective families by giving material and moral support in their time of grief.
He said in this manner, local government units can assist ease the sadness of the affected families.
Del Rosario also challenged the sectors calling for an all-out-war against the MILF to examine closely the dire consequences of a shooting war to the lives and future of Mindanaoans.
Secretary Lualhati Antonino, chair of the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) agreed with the Confed-Mindanao on the consequences of war to the island and its residents.
Antonino said government will continue to uphold the primacy of peace process to ensure a lasting peace in Mindanao.
She said at present, there are no indicators that investors are driven away from Mindanao.
“We do not observe that for now. Business even in Davao City remains brisk and dynamic,” she said.
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