BY: OLIVER ROSS V. RIVERA
Wednesday 26th of March 2014
COTABATO CITY, March 26 (PIA) The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) paid tribute to Orlando Cardinal Quevedo on Tuesday, hailing the first-ever cardinal from Mindanao as a “Man of Peace in Muslim Mindanao” for his contribution to the advancement of peace in the region.
Cardinal Quevedo, 75, is a highly respected leader in Mindanao, largely recognized for promoting trust and understanding among its diverse population.
ARMM’s officials and employees, of different tribes and religion, convened on Tuesday to show gratitude to the Cardinal for his role in advancing peace and speaking out against injustice.
“In behalf of the ARMM, I thank you for the kindness you have given to the people of Muslim Mindanao,” Haroun Al-Rashid Lucman, ARMM vice-governor, said.
He said the Cardinal is “not only a man of God but also a champion of Muslim human rights.”
“To you the respect of human rights is the demand of duty,” he said.
In his article “Injustice: the Root of Conflict in Mindanao”, Quevedo wrote: “Through the years I have gained some understanding of the Moro viewpoint that has significantly influenced, even altered, my Christian viewpoint. The change came not only from reading books authored by either Christian or Muslim scholars but most importantly from teaching, advising, observing, conversing, and being with Muslim students and professionals for many years, even as I accompanied my fellow Christians in their own journey through ongoing history.”
Quevedo said the answer to the injustices in Muslim Mindanao is to give justice to the Moro identity.
He said religious leaders from all sides have a major role in allowing Mindanao’s population to overcome their prejudices and biases.
Leaders from the Catholic community, the Muslim community and the indigenous community – Bishop Colin Bagaforo, Sammy Maulana and Valentin Juan, respectively – took turns to thank and give homage to the Cardinal.
Lucman said the Cardinal’s “words as a man of peace will not end here” and will once again be called upon with the signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) this Thursday.
“Your voice will once again be the resounding voice of peace and unity,” he said.
(ORVRivera-PIA12/Bureau of Public Information-ARMM)
– media release from government’s Philippine News Agency http://news.pia.gov.ph/index.php?article=2411395805914#sthash.SCyIJdyg.dpu