Mindanaoans text yearning for peace

Mindanaoans text yearning for peace
Philippine Daily Inquirer

TIRED of the decades-long fighting and the dire economic conditions in the South, Mindanaoans are calling on the government to pursue peace with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) so that they could all live in harmony and prosperity.

“Sana hindi na maantala pa ang peace talks ng MILF at GRP para sa peace at harmony natin lahat sa Mindanao, ayaw na namin ng giyera. Kaming mga maralita ang apektado sa gulo (We hope there will be no more delays in the peace talks between the MILF and GRP for the sake of peace and harmony in Mindanao. We don’t want war. Only the poor people are affected by chaos),” said Abu Yasir of South Cotabato in a text message sent to the text line of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP).

As part of its “Dialogue Mindanaw” program, the OPAPP has set up two text lines where the public can relay their opinions and views regarding the peace talks between the government and the MILF. For Smart users, the number is 0999-42-PEACE (73223). For Globe subscribers, it’s 0917-83-PEACE (73223).

Today, “Dialogue Mindanaw” visits Baguio City, where hundreds of peace stakeholders are expected to join the forum arranged by OPAPP at the Venus Hotel.

Anthony Adlawan, from Ilang, Davao City, said Mindanaoans should show love for their homeland by helping the government work for peace.

“Love Mindanao. Love progress. Stop fighting. Just stop war. No ifs and buts,” Adlawan said in a text message.

Many also believe that the government should let Mindanaoans run Mindanao because they know the real score there and not the people in the national government.

“Lagi lang naloloko ng national government ang mga taga-Mindanao kaya walang nangyayaring development (The government is not truthful to the people of Mindanao, that’s why there is no development),” the texter said.

The “Dialogue Mindanaw” program can be accessed through its official website (www.mapayapangmindanao.info), Facebook (www.facebook.com/mapayapangmindanao) and Twitter (twitter.com/peacemindanao).

Karen Ang

A plebeian who is trying to make small changes in this world.