ARMM celebrates EDSA People Power anniversary
Cotabato City (25 February 2015) – Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Governor Mujiv Hataman renewed the call for peace in Mindanao as the region celebrated today the 29th anniversary of the 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution.
Hataman said the People Power Revolution joined millions of Filipinos and ended the terror dictatorship of the late President Ferdinand Marcos in a peaceful manner. “We reminisce with a smile and pride how Filipinos ended the country’s dark years without blood.”
“Peace is still the most powerful message of the revolution, and it is a message we should never forget,” he said as he once again urged leaders both in government, including the legislators, and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) to persevere in the pursuit of peace in Mindanao even in the wake of the 25 January clash in the town of Mamasapano that left 70 people from the police Special Action Force (SAF), the MILF and civilians dead.
“More than ever, we need to take care of our hard-earned gains, to remind each other why there is no other option but peace,” he added.
Hataman emphasized that “an act of violence can never correct an act of injustice” as reflected in the 1986 revolution.
“Didn’t we show the world how we can rally behind a common cause, win freedom without violence and choose peace and win battles nonetheless? However difficult, we should not surrender to a prescription that will only leave more and more broken lives, as if Mindanao has not had enough of deaths in the name of war since the 70s,” he said. (Bureau of Public Information)