Message of ARMM Gov. Mujiv Hataman on the 12th National Peace Consciousness Month
Today, as we celebrate the 12th National Peace Consciousness Month, it is also the best time for us to look back and see how far we’ve come in our pursuit of peace in the Bangsamoro.
Recent developments in the peace process have shown us how our present is always informed by what we know of our history as a people — what we remember and what we forget. Surely we still remember how it feels to live under the constant tension and threat of conflict, and we have not forgotten what decades of that conflict has cost us.
Our history makes it clear that there is no other option but peace, one that is rooted in truth and justice.
Peace is definitely something we’ve worked hard to achieve together. Along with various sectors, we have exerted efforts to ensure that the Bangsamoro is ready to face the challenges that come with being an autonomous region that carries the mandate of the people — an autonomous region borne out of a fulfilled peace agreement rooted in mutual trust and respect, not only among those in the panels but among all of us.
In pursuing peace that has always been part and parcel of the Bangsamoro’s aspirations, we have progressed from talking about peace as if it was a distant dream, to working towards peace that is real and within our reach.
The Bangsamoro and the peace process that leads to its fulfillment is also driven by those whose lives and history we hold close to our hearts and honor everyday.
The passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law will hopefully be a testament to a sincere and concerted effort in examining our past, recogizing the roots of our struggle, and transcending our differences together.
We celebrate this year’s Peace Month with the hope that our legislators will listen to the voice of the Bangsamoro and realize that our region’s most valuable resource is our people, and that our region’s success is our nation’s as well.