Christian church network renews support to Bangsamoro, President Aquino April 10, 2015Posted by HERBERT CURIA in PEACE TALK UPDATES.
From the Website of OPPAP
Christian church network renews support to Bangsamoro, President Aquino
MANILA – The Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches (PCEC) in a forum held yesterday in Quezon City reiterated its support for the proposed Bangsamoro peace process and President Benigno S. Aquino III, as well as its continued call for truth on the Mamasapano incident.
“It is our desire that peace, justice, and righteousness will reign not only in Mindanao but across the country and the world,” announced PCEC National Director Designate Bishop Noel Pantoja. He added that their network has been praying for the success of the Bangsamoro peace process.
The PCEC is a network of denominations, churches, mission groups, and para-church organizations nationwide established in 1964. It is currently composed of more or less thirty-two thousand ecclesiastical groups and is known to support progressive measures such as the reproductive health law and the freedom of information bill.
Pantoja shared that they believe some sectors in society used the Mamasapano incident last January 25 to forward their personal politics and agenda. “We reject the irresponsible conjectures of some sectors who misuse this case for their personal interests. Instead, we expect a truthful, prompt, and just closure of this case that will bring healing to all concerned and to the whole nation.”
Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) Secretary Teresita Quintos Deles and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Negotiating Panel Chair Mohagher Iqbal, who were present at the event, echoed the message of Pantoja.
“If we are unable to mend the fault lines among our people, then our way toward the future will be most definitely difficult. We may have different religions but only one God. I hope all faiths and their leaders can help guide us all to become one people,” beseeched Deles. Iqbal added the “the MILF assures all, in sha Allah, that no one in the Bangsamoro will be discriminated against based on religion.”
In a statement read at the event, Pantoja also renewed their call for President Aquino to finish his term. “We are concerned that some individuals and groups in our society are using the said Mamasapano Tragedy to call for the resignation of President Aquino. We do not support such call. We call instead on the President to rise above the current situation and to press on toward the goal of a good, transparent, just, and peace-oriented governance.”
Pantoja also pledged that the PCEC will continue its support and active participation in the peace process. “Instead, we support the call for an all-out peace being advanced by various civil society organizations all over Mindanao and throughout the Philippines… Along with other peace advocates throughout the country, we will continue our active participation in this process.”