IN PHOTO- Fr. To Right- Grand Mufti Abu Huraira Udasan, Prof. Abhoud Syed Lingga of MILF PIP/ IBS, and Myla J. Leguro of Advancing Interreligious Peacebuilding

" Let us talk about commonalities as platform in our quest for peace," grand mufti Abu Huraira

COTABATO CITY-The Bangsamoro Leadership and Management Institute (BLMI) conducted a Dialogue for Peace in Mindanao in coordination with MILF Peace Implementing Panel with financial support from Swiss Embassy from February 21 - 22, 2018 at Em Manor Hotel, Cotabato City. 

The dialogue aims to foster good relationship between Muslim and leaders of Christians’ Catholic, and Protestant Church denominations in the name pf peace.

The dialogue was attended by Fr. Bert Layson of Interreligious Dialogue based in Pikit, Msgr. Antonio Pueyo, Vicar General Archdiocese of Cotabato,  Myla J.  Leguro, Program Officer of Advancing Interreligious Peacebuilding, Edwin Antipuesto, Training Officer of Advancing Interreligious Peacebuilding, and Nereo G.  Zambrano, PPC President of Immaculate Concepcion Cathedral Parish. 

On the part of Muslim religious leaders, Grand Mufti Abu Huraira Udasan of Bangsamoro share his thoughts on Muslim - Christian Dialogue. 

" Let us talk about commonalities as platform in our quest for peace, " he said. 

The participants committed to support the passage of Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) as an antidote to violent extremism. 

They all agreed that the passage of BBL is timely and necessary to counter violent extremism which is now a global phenomenon. 

Non - passage of Bangsamoro Basic Law may fuel resentment among the Bangsamoro people, and can be an opportunity for IS inspired group to recruit more Moro youth. 

Ustadz Ebrahim Sandigan of the Consortium of Bangsamoro Civil Society (CBCS) lamented, "The peace process is long overdue...failure to pass the BBL this time, I am afraid there will be another Marawi".

Junn Salik of the Federation of Bangsamoro Civil Society Organization (FBCSO) mentioned that he had just attended the peace summit in Marawi City, and had an opportunity to visit the" ground zero ". With a teary eyed he described the affected areas of Marawi as ‘there is feeling of hopelessness.’ 

You can feel the horrors of war, and it is madness... I suggest that those who oppose the passage of BBL should visit ground zero ".