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PIA Press Release
2009/06/09

"Race for Peace" tour organizers get thumbs-up from ARMM officials

Isabela, Basilan (9 June) -- Peace advocate cyclists from Mindanao concluded Sunday a 600-kilometer run, which started last June 4. The four-day tour started in Davao to Gen.Santos City, Koronal-Shariff Aguak-Cotabato City, and back to Davao.

In his message, Governor Datu Zaldy Uy Ampatuan said that his administration is supporting the peace initiative of these cyclists in spreading peace to all the islands in Mindanao and in the country.

The ARMM Governor's message was read by Executive Secretary Atty. Oscar Sampulna, during the send off ceremony for the last and final stretch of the "Race for Peace First Tour of Mindanao" in Cotabato City.

"This 'Race for Peace' symbolizes a great undertaking, great effort and concerned for our people, for us to have peace in Mindanao," the statement said.

On his part, Cotabato City Mayor Muslimin Sema salutes the bikers for their efforts and sacrifices to help promote peace here in Mindanao. He said the race is meaningful and should be supported by every Mindanaoan. "It's not easy to run 600 kilometers," he added.

"Go…, bike for Peace," Sema concluded, as he bids the 72 cyclists good luck.

With the theme: "One track, One Dream, One Vision," race organizer Dodong Solis said that in this first tour "the cyclists want to send message to the rest of the world that we want peace here in Mindanao, and that it should start now."

Solis is with Radio Mindanao Network (RMN) and is currently the Station Manager of dxDC in Davao City.

It will be recalled that a similar activity – the Ride for Peace - was conducted in Jolo, Sulu in March this year. The activity will be spearheaded by the members of the Civil Society Group, specifically the PRIMO Motorcycle Club and the D' Alert.

Joloanos themselves were amazed with the hundreds of motorcycles convening at Capitol Complex in downtown Jolo. The motorists drove through the municipalities of Indanan, Talipao, Panglima Estino, Panamao, Luuk, Patikul, and back to its convening site. The Ride for Peace covered a distance of some 90 kilometers.

Recalling the experience, PRIMO Motorcycle Club President Datu Gandhi Julkarnain underscored the uniqueness of the ride in preaching and expressing the message of peace.

More than a source of adventure, the ride for peace created the needed medium for the riders and the people in community to get the opportunity to interact, lay down barriers, and make friends, Gandhi said. (BPI-ARMM /42CRU-4CRG/PIA9-BASULTA) [top]

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