Muslim congressmen appeals for peace in Zamboanga-A A +A
Monday, September 16, 2013
MUSLIM congressmen from Mindanao on Monday appealed both to government forces and the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) to end the fighting in Zamboanga which has paralyzed the city since September 9.
"As Muslim leaders whose constituents are now caught in the crossfire and victims of this condemnable war, we wish to beg and appeal in the strongest term to our government and the Moro National Liberation Front to listen to the cry of the people to end this war not only for the sake of the innocent civilians but for the sake of humanity," the statement read by Sulu Representative Tupay Loong said.
"There will be no victor in this war but only losers. The issue that both are fighting for cannot be resolved through war but only through peaceful negotiations," it further said.
Loong, a former member of the MNLF himself, said the way to end the crisis in Zamboanga is to stop military action and get involved in peace negotiations with the rebel group.
Maguindanao Representative Bai Sandra Sema, for her part, said that the government should exert extra effort to reach out to the MNLF.
"Even the negotiations with MILF nagkaroon ng impasse but the government tried to really step out of their way to accommodate them," Sema pointed out referring to the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).
The government and the MILF earlier couldn't agree on the wealth-sharing annex on the proposed Bangsamoro Framework Agreement.
"We still maintain that the way to end conflict is through true communication. If we speak of peace, let it be peace that comes from the heart," Sema said. (Kathrina Alvarez/Sunnex)