Peace as our responsibility

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By Gingging Avellanosa-Valle

Bahin sang Bubay

Sunday, May 18, 2014

WHEN religious are gathered to discuss among others issues on peace, we take it as their obligation that they must do first and foremost, as it is not only their commitment to the vows that they have made but that it is their way of life, supposedly. That is why it behooves the religious sector and even the academe who are mostly silent on the Bangsamoro issue, that the Ateneo de Davao University (ADDU) with the dynamic leadership of Fr. Joel Tabora, spearheaded the multisectoral forum on the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro.

The humanity gathered at ADDU for this very timely discussion have witnessed the meeting of minds, with the presence of no less than some members of the leadership of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) led by no less than its Central Committee Vice Chairman Ghazali Jaafar. Also in full force were members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) who intently listened as Fr. Tabora gave a brief but concise background of the Moro rebellion, and the succeeding speakers which include no less than the youthful GPH peace panel chair Miriam Coronel-Ferrer.

This kind of gathering had happened several times in the past, as it's almost like a dé•jà vu all over again. And though most of our sceptical and perhaps cynical fellows would probably say, we have done this not once but many times in the past, "there's nothing new" now in this exercise, we still hold this as a positive sign towards that "illusive" peace that for decades, generations have been yearning for.


Still, it gives us hope to see such kind of efforts, because we all care not only for ourselves but for the next generation to come.

That is why it is necessary for us to come together, especially those among the academe, who are teaching our children to learn from the mistakes of our generation, to set our orientations straight.

But it seems that not many among our educators have put premium on learning from our mistakes, as I can sense, being an educator myself, a seeming cold-shoulder attention that the academe is affording the on-going peace processes in our midst, especially on this particular isue on the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB).

We cannot afford to be left out of the talks, because we all are here in our beloved Mindanao, and this particular peace process of our generation has a great implication on the continued existence of the next generation.

It is indeed such a laudable move for ADDU to open wide the avenues for peace by spearheading this historic event in our time, an effort that will chart a better course for our children to take.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on May 19, 2014.


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