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PEACETALK: Clarion Call For Unity

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews /02 February) — The recent bombing in Sulu is definitely perpetrated by a breed of people who are followers of the avowed enemy of humankind– the accursed Devil. They are those referred to by the Angels in the Qur’an (who spoke to ALLAH) “Wilt thou place therein one who will make mischief and shed blood?” (Sura Baqarah, verse 30) and are condemned by ALLAH as those who are abased to be “lowest of the low” (Sura Tin, verse 5).

Believers of different religions certainly have fundamental differences in the concept of ALLAH but are one in their cardinal belief against murder of innocent people.

I believe the recent slaughter is not connected to the plebiscite on the Bangsamoro organic law, absent any evidence to the contrary, especially that allegedly this act of terror is now owned by those who claim to establish an “Islamic State” though without doubt Islam is against terrorism.

I believe no responsible Tausog leader from all sides of the political spectrum in Sulu would support the evil that just happened.

We pray that there must be surgical precision in the pursuit against the criminals so the rights of the innocents will not be sacrificed. Once again, for the sake of the welfare of the Tausogs, the Sultanate of Sulu, the Bangsamoro people and humanity as a whole, a clarion call is sounded for unity of all, regardless of religious, cultural and political differences, especially those who believe in the fundamental Qur’anic message that humankind (who are descendants of ADAM) is vicegerent on Earth, to move forward and forge a united and concerted “all-out” effort to bring to justice those responsible for the dastardly act of bombing the Catholic Church in Jolo.

We extend our condolences to the bereaved families of Catholic worshippers, soldiers and other civilians who are suffering in grief for the untimely demise of their loved ones.

May those who sustained physical injuries be healed so they may be able to enjoy normal lives again.

The Tausogs who are strengthened by the challenges they have faced in the past will certainly be able to bounce back again and again whenever tragedies befall upon them and their homeland. BI IDZNILLAH! (MindaViews is the opinion section of MindaNews. PeaceTalk is open to anyone who wishes to share his/her thoughts on peace in Mindanao. Lawyer Randolph Parcasio, former member of the Constitutional Commission that reviewed the 1987 Constitution for the shift to federalism, Peace Adviser to the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao and Vice Chair of the Kilos Pederal sa Pagbabago. Parcasio was a member of the peace panel of the Moro National Liberation Front in the negotiations that led to the signing of the 1996 Final Peace Agreement and had also served as Executive Secretary of the Autonomous Region in Muslim MIndanao under then Governor Nur Misuari)

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