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PIA Press Release
2010/02/26

BYLF supports OPAPP's Dialogue Mindanaw as consultations continue in GenSan

Cotabato City (26 February) -- The interest of many should not be sacrificed for the interest of the few.

This was emphasized by members of the Bangsamoro Youth Leaders Forum (BYLF) as they expressed support behind the "Dialogue Mindanaw" of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace Process (OPAPP) last Thursday during the agency's Reflective Dialogues at the Notre Dame University here.

BYLF head Rashid A-Lucman said his group fully supports OPAPP's initiative as this would help usher in lasting peace in the South, stressing "this shows the government's sincerity in achieving harmony in Mindanao ".

The BYLF also contradicted the opinion raised by North Cotabato Vice Gov. Manny Pinol, who earlier said that he would not extend a hand of cooperation to "Dialogue Mindanaw" because it was government initiated.

"OPAPP's initiative is better than doing nothing at all," BYLF said.

Members of the BYLF were among the 327 participants who attended the Reflective Dialogues, which is aimed at getting the pulse of the people regarding the ongoing peace negotiations between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

The Bacolod leg, which was held simultaneously with Cotabato's, was also a well-attended event, drawing more than 300 participants.

Meanwhile, OPAPP's Dialogue Mindanao continues in General Santos City before winging on to Puerto Princesa, Palawan on March 3. On March 6, simultaneous Reflective Dialogues will be held in Cagayan de Oro City and San Mateo, Rizal in Luzon.

Afterwhich, OPAPP travels to Baguio City while on March 9, "Dialogue Mindanaw" is slated to visit Bongao, Tawi-Tawi and Iligan City while Butuan City is next on March 11.

Aside from BYLF, different sectors from Sultan Kudarat, North Cotabato and Maguindanao were also present to air their views, including those from the local government units, academe, non-government organizations, religious, business sectors, fisherfolks, farmers, youth, police, military, Christians and Muslims.

Prof. Abhoud Lingga of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and Dr. Ofelia Durante of the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) also gave their presentations to enlighten and update participants about the peace talks.

The Cotabato leg was the fourth successful staging of "Dialogue Mindanaw", which began last Saturday in Jolo, Sulu where more than 400 participants joined the consultations.

Over 500 participants, led by top local officials and different sectors in Western Mindanao, attended last Tuesday's consultations at the Astoria Hotel in Zamboanga City.

The Davao leg of "Dialogue Mindanao", which was held simultaneously at the University of Mindanao, was also a success, with number of attendees reaching 393 participants.

To make information about 'Dialogue Mindanaw' available to the public, OPAPP has put up an official website (http://www.mapayapangmindanao.info) aside from accounts in popular social networking sites such as Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/mapayapangmindanao) and Twitter (http://twitter.com/peacemindanao).

Comments on the Mindanao peace process can also be relayed through the following text lines: 0999-42-PEACE (73223) for Smart users and 0917-83-PEACE (73223) for Globe subscribers. (OPAPP) [top]

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