No to Bangsamoro!

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Monday, February 23, 2015


WITH today’s resounding issue of the Bangsamoro Basic Law, I would like my opinion, as a Zamboangueño, be heard by all, especially those who have much to say about its creation when in fact, they are not from Mindanao and have not even set foot in the land.

Why create Bangsamoro entity and have its own flag when all who we are in birth and blood are one as Filipinos, and what purpose really does it serve for?

Well, I am no expert to this and I am not a scholar either. As far as I know, a lot has suffered with this undertaking both Christians and Muslims, civilians and government forces, the young and the innocent in Mindanao.

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I am Omar Saavedra, born and is residing in Zamboanga City with parents of different religions -- Islam and Catholic. Ever since I was born, living with dissimilar culture and tradition has never been an issue with my family. I get pissed when religion is being drag in issues tackling peace and order in the country when I know by heart this has nothing to do which faith you hold dear.

People get raised-brows from me every time Bangsamoro is brought up in the conversation. I strongly do not support the idea of creating another entity in Mindanao. Check the places where Armm officials governed? How are they doing anyway? Such a shame when few selfless dreamers want more of supremacy when its constituents suffer in dearth and poverty. Also, they too, want to include my hometown Zamboanga as part of it. Fool!

In my opinion, this whole idea of creating Bangsamoro in Mindanao is only the ambition of dirty pigs who want power and wealth in government.

It is pointless to discuss something that we already know -- the thing they are after and we still tolerate such ideas. If we really are up for a change, if we want a better world to live in, creating an entity in the region will not solve any crisis at all, thus makes the rich richer and the poor poorer. Change within us is the requirement for a prosperous environment which requires genuine effort to achieve it. If done wholeheartedly, it will flourish abundantly and can inspire other individuals and do the same. My respect goes to those who work hard sincerely.

Also, I am against war. I hope this issue will resolve peacefully by all means because it is inhumanely to risk lives time and again.

Omar Saavedra
Zamboanga City

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