Faith in what we do

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By Gingging Avellanosa-Valle

Bahin sang Bubay

Sunday, May 25, 2014


THERE is an abyss of difference between blindly believing without even seeing and of having faith in something that is not easily tangible, because Faith is the absolute word that describes having total submission, without even a hint of a doubt.

Some days ago, members of the media were invited to witness and document another release of a captive element of the Armed Forces of the Philippines that was made by members of the New People’s Army (NPA) somewhere in the north. I did not have the chance to be there, but some colleagues in media have attended the activity.

In the past I have witnessed two of these ‘turning-over’ events and it really made me think of the process and the people who are involved. Of course it is a fact that our City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte whom I can describe as a staunch believer in peace, have been consistently doing his part as a trusted representative of the Government. Without doubt, our brothers and sisters in the hinterlands have it in their minds and hearts that it is only the mayor who can do what he has been consistently doing.

Such faith in the Mayor’s sincerity is indelibly etched on the collective consciousness of the ‘revolutionaries’, hence, it has become apparent that it is only him that they can trust their captive’s safety. There is something in this gesture that gives us a glimmer of hope into the resumption of the GPH-NDFP peace talks that has been stalled so many times in the past.

It is this kind of faith that can make a difference in the continuing peace efforts, if only given a chance.

Now that the GPH-MILF accord is positively going on the right track where everybody want it to be, perhaps the time is now for government to initiate the resumption of the peace talks with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines. The current administration of President Aquino owes the Filipino people who have faith in him for a peaceful existence that all of us deserves.

There should be no more excuses and call a spade, a spade. What has been keeping the GPH panel from pursuing the peace negotiation with the CPP/NDF? It is quite perplexing to note that the GPH seems so reluctant to resume the peace negotiation when the whole wide world is keenly watching for their next move?

If the GPH and MILF have succeeded in inking the milestone in the Comprehensive Agreement of the Bangsamoro within such a short period, why does it seem so difficult to do the same with the GPH-NDFP when it is a fact that this has been going on for decades on end?

Pray tell me/us, Mr. President. The Mindanaoans thirst for peace to reign in our lands; hence we are urging the present administration to please make the necessary moves, lest the next generation see it as a weakness on the side of the established power.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on May 26, 2014.

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