Actor Cesar Montano supports call to pursue peace in south
COTABATO CITY (07 February 2015) — Actor Cesar Montano has called on the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) to persist in pursuing peace.
In a visit today to the site of the January 25 deadly clash in Barangay Tukanalipao, Mamasapano, Maguindanao, he told reporters that war is never an option and that everyone must support the ongoing peace process.
“Dito po sa nangyaring ito, maliwanag na hindi lamang mga sundalo ang involved dito, kundi ang mga civilian din. Ang mga kabataan din ang nasasaktan. Ang giyera hindi po talaga kasagutan yan para magkaroon ng kapayapaan,” Montano told reporters here.
ARMM Gov. Mujiv Hataman has named the actor as ARMM Peace Ambassador for his involvement in efforts to promote peace and understanding in Mindanao.
On Friday, Montano joined hundreds of advocates in a walk for peace (Yapakapayapaan) event organized by the ARMM government in Cotabato City to underscore the call for peace. Montano played the lead role of a Moro in the 2001 award-winning war-drama film Bagong Buwan.
Earlier, Hataman called for calm and sobriety as authorities investigate the unfortunate and violent incident.
“Paghihiganti ang tawag kung ikaw ay nananawagan ng katarungan na hindi nakabatay sa katotohanan. Alamin muna natin ang katotohanan bago tayo manghusga. Hindi kapayapaan ang tawag kung hindi ito nakabatay sa katarungan,” he said.
Four civilians, including a five-year old girl, were killed in the encounter while six others were injured. More than 6,000 residents in six barangays in the municipality have also been forced to flee their homes, and classes in 13 schools have to be suspended, affecting more than 6,000 students.
In a flag ceremony at ARMM’s seat in Cotabato City last Monday, Hataman said the ongoing peace process between the government and the MILF presents the most durable solution to the conflict in Mindanao as he offered his condolences to the families of all those killed in the encounter. (Bureau of Public Information)