Going gaga over last two minutes

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By Gingging Avellanosa-Valle

Bahin sang Bubay

Sunday, August 10, 2014

SOME peace advocates are a crazy lot. For them, there's no giving up! They do not even recognize the word "surrender"! It could be because there's just a lot at stake and balking out does not help the ends of peace at all.

And so some of them go out of their way to make "harana" to the members of the Peace Panels on both sides between the MILF and the GPH on the eve of the 10-day purposive discussions as they are break their heads over the Bangsamoro Basic Law version (BBL) that is set to be submitted to Congress in the next few days.

And though no one is saying anything to anybody about the progress of the talks that is nearing its critical stage at this point, one can sense a kind of seriousness that is almost too fragile and too delicate to handle.


Singing to the tune of "Where do I Begin", the group surprised the Peace Panels with the familiar song that tells about "the story of how great (our) Love can be." One can see some smiles among seemingly tired faces among those sitting for days on end to come up with a 'viable' BBL.

When the group sung "The Long and Winding Road", the smiles somehow radiated to other faces, making the atmosphere less dense, as some among the members of the Panels started to sing along with the group.

Then, some of them even broke out with laughter as the group started to push on with "It's Now or Never, come hold me tight...," perhaps, seeing themselves and their situation in a more relaxed manner, softening the hard stance.

As "Mag-pistok ay di Biro (sung to the tune of Magtanim ay di Biro) was mumbled by the group who admitted that they were all but singers, somehow, the tense moments could have been rendered at ease, as the rhythm seems to empathize with the gruelling days the panels have to deliberate and trying to do so with cooler heads.

There's no denying that the tasks of coming up with an acceptable BBL is not really a piece of cake, but then, it is something that has to be done. Already, so many Mindanaoans are expressing varied reactions to the seeming snags that have kept both panels from pursuing the finish line with more fervor.

The seeming snail-pace that the Peace Process is taking makes it more painstaking to pursue, thus, the idea of doing a harana was thought of by the Peace Weavers albeit haltingly at first. There was doubt about how the members of the panels might see it but it seemed that the effort was well worth it, especially when the group played the last song that signals a no-retreat, no-surrender stance.

"I Will Survive" as the group played the MP3 seems like a last recourse but it was meant to further encourage the Peace Panels of the group's support whatever comes out of their best efforts.

We all fervently pray for Peace in the Bangsamoro, one that is just and fair to everybody, not hastily done but thoughtfully considered. There's no easy way out of this situation, but our generation is committed to make it happen during our time. We are no longer dreaming for peace but we are actively pursuing it now, no matter what!

God bless us all...

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on August 11, 2014.


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