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PIA Press Release
2005/07/14

Leaders to push for Mindanao independence incase of power grab

by Mai Gevera

Davao City (14 July) -- Governors and mayors who attended the 1st Political Leaders Summit yesterday at the Marco Polo Hotel agreed to give the proposal for a Mindanao independence a chance in case the imperial Manila unseats President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in an extra-constitutional way.

The decision came after a whole day of presentation and discussion on the recent political situation in the country involving the president and how Mindanao is being affected by the present political crisis.

The resolution also made One People, One Mindanao proponent Atty. Pantaleon Alvarez more optimistic with the unexpected support of the Mindanao political leaders, it being the last resort.

One of the summit prime mover, North Cotabato governor Emmanuel Piņol, was banking on the idea that Mindanao is part of the Philippines, and yet, Mindanaoans were never given the chance to be heard and be part in the decision-making of the government .

"It's a mistake when the people in the nation's capital solely decide the political fate of the whole nation," Piņol said.

In a presentation made by Agusan del Sur governor Adolf Edward Plaza, he clearly showed how the political crisis in Manila affected the whole country especially Mindanao.

Plaza said it reduces the momentum of confidence within the peace process since it is hard to motivate the insurgents to adhere to the constitution if the people are already violating the same constitution.

Also, a change of leadership erodes the confidence of international donors who are funding most of the projects in Mindanao as well as the inflow if domestic and foreign investors.

Other invited presentors were Atty. Pantaleon Alvarez who was so optimistic on the proposal for Mindanao Republic. He bared that this is the best option and the only way for Mindanao to develop.

"Philippines is like a quicksand. The more it moves, the more it is going to sink. Mindanao has to separate before it happen," Alvarez said.

A prime mover on such proposal, Alvarez followed the Malaysia and the Singapore's government model. Both countries proved to be effecting change with its system of government. (PIA) [top]

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