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Peoples’ Petition for Peace in Mindanao

I’ve Just sign a petition for peace in Mindanao below are the details:

Target: Pres. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo,Chairman Al Haj Murad Ebrahim

Sponsored by: Duyog Mindanao

The crisis in Mindanao is grave. 

The situation on the ground has all the more deteriorated following the debacle on the Memorandum of Agreement on Ancestral Domain: the government’s ongoing punitive actions against elements of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front allegedly involved in attacks in Lanao and North Cotabato following the botched signing of the MOA-AD deal last August 5.

As usual, innocent civilians suffer the brunt of the hostilities while government has denied, if not ignored the gravity of the humanitarian crisis. The fact remains that there are now more than half a million people %u2013 internally displaced persons – who are bearing the burden of the ongoing armed conflict. The international community has affirmed this. This staggering figure does not even include the casualties of your combatants and the telling and long-term effects of the violence on our children and youth who are inheriting this country.

As we dread a catastrophic humanitarian situation, we would like to appeal to your Excellency, Madam President to immediately declare a suspension of military operations (SOMO) and allow the mechanisms on the ceasefire agreement with the MILF to work again in addressing culpability and bring to justice those found guilty of violations from the MILF side as your government allege. We ask this in the context of your own policy on the primacy of the peace process as contained in your Executive Order in 2003.


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