Kidapawan bishop calls for peace amid BOL vote

Kidapawan bishop calls for peace amid BOL vote

Hundreds of seminarians, lay people, and members of civil society participated in the recent walk for peace in Mindanao, Jan. 19, 2019.

By Mark Joy G. Basallajes

Jan. 23, 2019

KIDAPAWAN CITY

Bishop Colin M. Bagaforo of the Diocese of Kidapawan, together with Rev. Dr. Rodolfo A. Juan Bishop of The United Methodist Church, led hundreds of church workers and members from the different organizations in this city in a walk for peace on Jan. 19 amid the plebiscite for the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL).

“Our prayers [are for] the plebiscite for BOL which shall be establish a new government called BARMM (Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao) for our Muslim brothers and sisters. I hope the plebiscite will be peaceful, clean, and meaningful. May the will [of] the majority be accepted and respected,” said the prelate.

3-km walk for peace

The crowd walked 3 kilometers from Spottswood Methodist Center to the city hall, holding placards and tarpaulins printed with messages of peace.

Bagaforo urged the participants to pray for peace, especially peace for the plebiscite on the BOL, which will grant land and water jurisdiction to the new region, fiscal autonomy, and an increased share in national funds and resources, among others.

The prelate also expressed hopes that the peace talks will resume soon.

“Many lives were taken already, properties and opportunities for development have been wasted because of these clashes between the two forces,” he explained.

‘Stop the war’

Bagaforo in a loud voice said: “Stop the war and end the strategy of scaring the people.”

The participants also lit candles, praying for a successful, peaceful, and meaningful plebiscite.

The activity ended with the signing of a covenant, expressing support for the work of peace-building.