Muslim leaders renew support to peace process
ZAMBOANGA City – Muslim governors in Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi have renewed their support to the government’s peace process and have joined efforts to promote stability in the southern region.
Sulu Vice Governor Sakur, who represented Governor Totoh Tan, and governors Nurbert Sahali, of Tawi-Tawi and Jum Akbar, of Basilan said they are behind President Aquino’s peace initiatives in Mindanao.
“We are always for peace and we have been supporting President Aquino’s peace initiatives in this part of the country. We are renewing our all-out support to the peace process,” Tan said.
Their commitment came following the public launching of ProPolitiCS or “Promoting Political Climate and Stability for Peace in the Bangsamoro” in Zamboanga City.
It was attended by some 200 people, mostly peace advocates and leaders and representatives of business and various sectors of the society, including church leaders and from the police and military in southern Philippines.
Among those who were at the event were peace advocates Amina Rasul and Spanish priest Angel Calvo, lawyer Jose Lorena, of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process; Abdullah Camlian, a member of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission; and political analyst Malou Tiguia.
The project seeks to help shape a stable political environment in the support of the Mindanao peace process.
It engages political leaders in dialogue, capacity-building, researches and studies to enhance their informed and principled participation in the crafting and implementation of the road map and sustainable processes for sustainable peace and development in Mindanao.
It also aims to empower women and indigenous tribes and Muslim religious leaders in shaping a stable political environment to help promote peace and development and their role in the government efforts in Mindanao.
ProPolitiCS project is implemented by the Institute for Autonomy and Governance in partnership with Local Government Development Foundation, the Philippine Center for Islam and Democracy and Zamboanga-Basilan Integrated Development Alliance. It is being supported by the Australian government under the Building Autonomous and Stable Institutions and Communities in the Bangsamoro program. (Christina Diabordo. With additional report from Karel Mellanes. and MindanaoExamine)