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Truth and honesty, requirements for peace

by Aprielle Annerose S. Bolosito

By Aprielle Annerose S. Bolosito

Davao City (4 December) -- In celebration of the Mindanao Week of Peace (MWoP) in the city, Archbishop Fernando R. Capalla stressed that truth and honesty in governance are requirements for attaining peace.

In a Peace Forum, Capalla conveyed that truth and honesty in governance are really important and necessary for those who work for peace, development, sustainability, and especially for those who are holding positions of authority and power in the government.

Anchoring on this year's theme: "Responsive and Responsible Governance: Key to Peace, Development & Sustainability," Capalla stated that as the nation suffers from serious corruption and dishonesty, many are finding ways if not to eradicate, lessen the disease.

Capalla said that "we cannot expect enduring and lasting peace without these values of truth and honesty be lived and acted upon by our government and development workers."

Prof. Abdulrafih Sayedy, former dean of the Islamic Studies of University of the Philippines Diliman Campus, also shared thoughts during the forum, saying "a complete man is a man of peace."

As peace is universal and comprehensive, Sayedy identified four inter-related forms of peace as "man's relation with his creator, peace within oneself, peace between people and peace connected with the universe."

He said, "I see that reform is not enough for the development of peace but the reformation of man, the inside and outside transformation."

Responsible and responsive governance should be composed of people who are decisive to lead the nation to do what is good and enjoin what is right and to forbid what is evil, he stated.

Fr. Pedro P. Lomata, director of the Archdiocesan Center for Ecumenical and Inter-religious Dialogue (ACEID), urged "Let us journey together for peace. Understand and appreciate the meaning of peace." (PIA-XI) [top]

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