MANILA A total of 15 Catholic Church leaders and members of the clergy in Mindanao, including Cotabato Archbishop Emeritus Orlando Cardinal Quevedo, have expressed support for the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL).
After many failed attempts, this may be the last concrete chance for a just and lasting peace in Mindanao. The new autonomy legislation addresses the historical injustices against Muslims and represents the mutual acceptance by both sides for the creation of a Muslim autonomous area, the Mindanao Catholic Church Leaders for Peace (MCCLP) said in a statement Thursday, ahead of the BOL plebiscite next week.
While noting that the law will face some potential obstacles, the MCCLP cited the need for "intrafaith and interfaith dialogue towards mutual respect and understanding so as to reduce or eliminate biases and prejudices.
The group also offered to help in quality education and in creating a more inclusive history of Mindanao.
Aside from Quevedo, other members of the MCCLP who signed the statement are Archbishop Romulo Valles of Davao, Archbishop Antonio Ledesma of Cagayan de Oro, and Bishop Edwin Dela PeAa of Marawi.
Those who also expressed their support to the BOL are retired Archbishop Fernando Capalla and Auxiliary Bishop George Rimando Davao, Bishops Jose Cabantan of Malaybalay, Guillermo Afable of Digos and Cerilo Casicas of Marbel, Bishops Abel Apigo of Mati, Emmanuel Cabajar of Pagadian, Julius Tonel of Ipil, Severo Caermare of Dipolog, Antonieto Cabajog of Surigao and Raul Dael of Tandag. (PNA)
Source: Philippines News Agency