MT. SAMAT, Bataan, Apr 9 (Mabuhay) — President Benigno Aquino III on Thursday reiterated the call to peace during his speech before some 1,500 veterans and guests at the commemoration of the 73rd Araw ng Kagitingan here.“Ang dating kalaban, katuwang na sa pagkamit ng kapayapaan ngayon. Nabigyan ng pagkakataon ang dating magkalabang puwersa na maging magkasangga. Kita naman po ninyo, ang mga tinulungang bumangon noon, gaya ng bansang Alemanya at Hapon, ay sila namang tumutulong ngayon sa pagtataguyod ng pandaigdigang kapayapaan at kaunlaran, “ Aquino said, referring to the cooperation of the Philippines, Japan, Germany and the United States, who were bitter enemies during World War II.
The President, who was guest of honor at the event, also took time to thank the ambassadors of Japan and the United States, for sending help to the Philippines during times of natural calamities, even despite the countries’ once frayed relationships.
Aquino then compared the lessons of the war to the ongoing negotiations in Muslim Mindanao, saying just like how the world recovered from World War II through cooperation, it is also through the same cooperation that will ultimately be the key to prosperity in this country.
“Imposible ang pag-unlad sa pagkakanya-kanya. Ang aral pong ito ang lalong nagtutulak sa atin para itaguyod ang kapayapaan sa Mindanao at isulong ang Bangsamoro Basic Law,” he said.
The government and the MILF signed a landmark peace deal in March last year. The Bangsamoro Basic Law will formalize the creation of the Bangsamoro political entity (BPE), which is set to replace the “failed” Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.
However, the road to the creation of the BPE has been derailed in part by the Mamasapano clash, which cost the lives of over 60 people, including 44 elite police commandos and 17 members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.
Members of both houses of Congress have been hesitant to pass the law to create the BPE pending investigation on the clash.Still, Aquino reiterated that the realization of the peace pact is the only way to peace in Mindanao.
“Dalawang henerasyon na po ang nagdusa dahil nangibabaw ang karahasan sa Mindanao. Ngayong tayo na ang narito, hindi po natin hahayaang matulad dito ang mga susunod pang salinlahi. Gaano man ito kahirap, anumang pasakit ang ating harapin, itataguyod natin ang kapayapaan dahil ito ang paraan upang makamit ang katarungan para sa lahat,” Aquino said. (MNS)