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“The work of the Peace Council initiated by the President is most laudable. Such effort needs our prayers and support and may the Lord bless their work for peace,” said Cotabato Archbishop Orlando Cardinal Quevedo, OMI, to the proposed National Summit for Peace.

Recently, President Benigno S. Aquino III called on the respected personalities and individuals in the country to convene and discuss the provisions of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).

Five personalities composed of Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle, Chief Justie Hilario Davide, Ambassador Howard Dee, Businessman Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala and Bai Rohaniza Sumnbad-Usman were named as the five original convenors to the proposed peace summit.

Despite the mixed reactions expressed by various sectors to the peace summit after its announcement, the original 5 convenors recently issued a statement accepting the challenge to look into the provisions of the BBL with collective views and recommendations.

“We would like to emphasize that we are not a pressure group or a political movement; but rather, we are a group that would like to provide an avenue for dialogue between independent-minded citizens who believe in the importance of understanding the BBL and to discuss its implications for peace and development in our country at a fair and reasonable manner,” the five convenors said in recent statement issued.

The statement added that they have no intentions “to go beyond our self-imposed task of helping ourselves and our fellow citizens understand the importance of the peace issues at hand.”

In his message to the Mindanao Media Bureau of the Office of the Presidential Adviser to the Peace Process (OPAPP), Cardinal Quevedo also expressed his support to the convenors by saying that they “are people of integrity and credibility.”

Quevedo added that: “To conduct a sober and objective analysis of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law, identify provisions that may be contrary the constitution, propose a refinement of them, insuring that the self-determination long aspired for by Moros does not become an empty word.”

The five convenors also said that they will soon announce the names of those that they will invite during the peace summit.

The group said that they will share the output of the summit to all the stakeholders and key government officials.

“To make this a more meaningful dialogue, we have also agreed to consolidate all the output of our consultations, discussions, learning and insights in a report that we will share with our fellow countrymen, the President, the legislature, and the judiciary, who we believe are critical stakeholders for peace,” the convenors emphasized.


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