FIELDS OF HOPE: Religious Perspective on the Ceasefire Agreement and the Peace Process in General
(A sharing presented by Fr. Roberto C. Layson, OMI to Field Officers of the AFP and BIAF during a roundtable discussion sponsored by the International Monitoring [IMT] on June 9, 2007 at the Pacific Heights in Cotabato City)
“If you want peace, don’t talk to your friends. Talk to your enemies.” Indeed, seeing AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines) and BIAF (Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces) [of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front] officers gathered here in the same hall makes me believe that peace in Mindanao is, indeed, not entirely impossible.
I speak as a religious leader but also as one who has witnessed four wars in Pikit (North Cotabato). I don’t know exactly how many combatants died in the battlefields during these wars. All I know is that many children died in evacuation centers due to hunger and disease. And that there were many pregnant mothers who gave birth to their babies in evacuation centers. And, that there were babies who died in the womb of their mothers even before they were born. Read the full sharing at the MindaNews website here.