Let real peace reign in Mindanao.
Once again, the National Youth Commission reiterates its call for upholding peace at all costs in Mindanao.
“The protection of peace will lead to development in Mindanao. We condemn any effort from any group to thwart the peace process”, remarked UsecGioTingson, NYC Chairperson.
This is in response to the recent clash between the Philippine National Police and the suspected members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters and Moro Islamic Liberation Front in Maguindanao where more than 50 police officers were reportedly killed.
As reported by Senior Superintendent Noel Armilla, PNP Director in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao ( ARMM) the fatalities were members of the PNP’s elite Special Action Force.
In a related development, an explosion also took place near a bus terminal in Guiwan Village in Zamboanga City over the weekend that also left dozens of casualties. This prompted President Aquino to fly to Zamboanga to comfort the residents and to assure them that the perpetrators will be brought to justice.
“We cannot help but condemn the merciless acts thatsacrifice the lives of many innocent people. We reiterate our hope which lies with the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro that the peace pact would unify forces that hinder the establishment of lasting peace in Mindanao. We do not want war to sprout in our communities where the youth are the most vulnerable victims. We rally behind peaceful means and options to signify our solidarity in spite of the cultural and religious differences”, says NYC Commissioner Representing Mindanao Earl Saavedra.
NYC remains steadfast in its peace building efforts through the realization of the Mindanao Youth Agenda. It emphasizes the need to have a safe and secure environment for the youth through the role of young duty bearers as active participants in the peace process and peace building efforts. It advocates for the reduction of crime incidents affecting the youth in vulnerable areas where their interests are compromised.