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Lanao del Sur leaders discuss peace

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY — Lanao del Sur Governor Mamintal “Bom-bit” Alonto Adiong, Jr., accompanied by majority of the mayors and provincial board members of Lanao del Sur and members of his Provincial Peace and Order Summit, attended the one-day Mindanao Peace Summit 2015 last August 18 at the N Hotel, Cagayan de Oro City.

The event was conducted by the Institute for Autonomy and Governance (IAG), the Philippine Center for Islam and Demo-cacry (PCID), and the Zamboanga Basilan Integrated Development Alliance. It was supported by the Australian Government under their Building Autonomous and Stable Institutions and Communities in the Bangsamoro (BASIC) program.

Atty. Benedicto R. Bacani of IAG said the objective of the summit was to gather political leaders involved in the Mindanao Peace Process so that they may have a real dialogue to reflect and articulate their informed perspectives on issues of autonomy, peace and security. He added that all the processes in the peace process are important and they included the community and family feud settlements aside from the negotiations between the government with the MILF and MNLF.

The workshop outputs of the summit identified kidnapping, car-napping, proliferation of illegal drugs, murder, rido (family feud), weak police enforcement, illegal possession of firearms, gambling, extremism, extortion, minimal support on the BBL by many external forces, and loose registry of all types of vehicles as security issues happening in Marawi City and a few areas in Lanao del Sur.

“All sectors of society need to join forces and work together so that we can formulate policies and programs that would help break the cycle of fear and violence brought about by the crimes mentioned,” Adiong said.

 

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Before joining the Gold Star Daily, Cong worked as the deputy director of the multimedia desk of the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ), and before that he served as a writing fellow of Vera Files. Under the pen name "Cong," Leonardo Vicente B. Corrales has worked as a journalist since 2008. Corrales has published news, in-depth, investigative and feature articles on agrarian reform, peace and dialogue initiatives, climate justice, and socio-economics in local and international news organizations, which which includes among others: Philippine Daily Inquirer, Business World, MindaNews, Interaksyon.com, Agence France-Presse, Xinhua News Wires, Thomson-Reuters News Wires, UCANews.com, and Pecojon-PH.

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