[Statement] Together, let us condemn in the strongest term this cowardly act to sow terror and divide the tri-people of Mindanao -MPPM

A statement on the Cotabato City IED explosion from MPPM

“As the year 2018 ends, Mindanao is again shaken by the recent IED explosion that killed two and injured more than 30 individuals in the busy Southseas mall in Cotabato City on 31st of December 2018. Together, let us condemn in the strongest term this cowardly act of those who want to sow terror and divide the tri-people of Mindanao.

Let us join the whole public in the clamor for justice and for the arrest of those responsible with utmost observance to democratic processes. Let us not allow that our political, religious and cultural differences divide us in this moment as we are all victims of the situation.

The incident do not only aim to sow terror but is aimed to divide us all again and instill fear. They will only succeed if we let hatred prevail upon us.

Let us all stand in solidarity with the victims and demand for a thorough and impartial investigation.

We are entering into another page of Mindanao and Philippine history. The passage of the Bangsamoro Organic Law as an instrument for the expression of the Right to Self Determination of the Bangsamoro that will be ratified through plebiscites this coming January 21 and February 6, 2019 and will replace the Republic Act 9054 or the current Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao.

May the Cotabato City incident not be instrumentalized to jeopardize the upcoming plebiscites and the democratic discourses towards it. Let us all have an open, fair and democratic debate to help in making decisions more informed.

Mindanao Peoples’ Peace Movement strongly believes and supports Right to Self-Determination aspirations of peoples, and hopes that these aspirations do not further marginalize other peoples and vulnerable groups. This RSD must centrally and substatially put the interests of the communities and its people at the top.

Let us continue to journey 2019 and beyond building communities of justpeace. Let us continue to work for the grassroots, the marginalized and the oppressed peoples, class and sectors.”

January 3, 2019

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