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ROQUE: Duterte has not abandoned his campaign promise but never considered establishing a revolutionary government
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CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – As the late Senate President Aquilino “Nene” Pimentel Jr. is laid to rest Saturday, a Roman Catholic leader is hopeful emerging politicians will follow the path that the deceased political figure had taken–even in the face of repression.
Archbishop Antonio Ledesma said Pimentel had shown the Filipino people “the face of a principled leader and an effective public servant.”
“He was an opposition during the time of martial law, which shows to the young people that working for righteousness and morality are still very important in public life,” Ledesma told reporters on the sideline of the necrological service dedicated for Pimentel at the City Tourism Hall Thursday night.
Ledesma said Pimentel was incarcerated several times during the time of former president Ferdinand Marcos but that “he did not bend down to the powers-that-be and instead chose to be on the dissenting side even if it meant being persecuted for what he believed in”.
“I call him a steadfast warrior, [who followed] a straight path in serving our country. And he did not make any political compromises. In fact, he was imprisoned four times during the martial law days because he really stood for working against authoritarianism,” Ledesma said.
The archbishop said he remains optimistic that younger elected officials and public servants will emulate Pimentel’s style of leadership.
“We hope there will be more Nene Pimentels to arise,” Ledesma said.
Although he conceded that the dream remains elusive “at present,” he draws hope from a number of local officials “who have shown promise.”
“We have young political leaders who are also conscientious. In fact, I would think that the new leadership of cities like Manila or even here in Cagayan de Oro are examples of good governance,” he said.
Ledesma is referring to Manila mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso, a first-time politician who introduced some drastic measures to clean his city, and Cagayan de Oro Mayor Oscar Moreno, who is now on his last term.
Ledesma said he expects politicians to stand by what they believe in, as far as being a good public servant is concerned.
“I would call Nene a good example of principled leadership. He stuck to his principles, and served our country with these,” he said. (PNA)
The National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP) lauded the creation of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) in pursuit of peace and prosperity in Mindanao Region and at the same time recognized that “the path to the realization of the BOL is complex and filled with challenges.”
“We commend the Bangsamoro Organic Law for addressing the root sources of social violence in Southern Philippines. Indeed, the meaning of peace goes deeper than the cessation of militarized encounters. Studies on Mindanao such as those by Montiel (2012; 2013), Bulatao (1973), and Saber (1969) imply that among Muslims peace is strongly associated with Muslim culture and land-related debates. The BOL forefronts both of these issues,” the NRCP said in a statement.
It said the BOL comprehensively addresses many aspirations and issues citing Article 1 which establishes the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region, while Article 2 asserts the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region, and establishes the territorial jurisdiction over constituent units and bodies of waters.
In its 18 Articles, NRCP said the BOL further outlines and illustrates how power and wealth will be decentralized to the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region.
“A deeper peace in Mindanao will certainly open up more avenues for political democracy and economic prosperity,” it said.
However, the group stressed that the BOL’s passage is only the beginning, though a very important one.
“We note that political transitions anywhere, in any form carry with them challenges such as reversal of powers to long established dominant groups, or the slow pace of policy execution, or the lack of support from citizens. Cognizant of these challenges, those trusts in the pursuit of the BOL see the need to utilize appropriate communal resources during the difficult transition period,” it said.
“The Bangsamoro Organic Law engenders a form of decentralization through power-sharing between national and sub-national levels of government. However, power-sharing is not easy to implement. Decentralization presents both opportunities and risks. On the hand, autonomous regions can turn more culturally creative, economically productive, and politically accountable communities precisely because they are no longer stifled by centralizing domination,” it added.
On the other hand, NRCP said such centrifugal forces may likewise unleash destructive fragmentation that may create new social divisions and separations or may perpetrate the domination of traditional powers and authorities.
“Indeed, the cooperation and partnership among diverse groups such as the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MNLF), indigenous peoples, Christians, and the Philippine government, who have been instrumental in the forging of the BOL, are essential to the BOL’s intent and purposes,” it said.
Meanwhile the group recommends measures that are necessary for a healing process and to build a society of peace and development.
Such measures include: Address the memories and traumas; Encourage greater tolerance and intercultural living among clans and communities that respect and recognize diverse beliefs, customs, and practices; Capacitate communities around participatory and shared efforts in local governance; Enhance the capacities and skills of local authorities, particularly in leadership under the new Bangsamoro Organic law; and Encourage and incentivize experts and scientists to share the competency necessary for a local democracy to be inclusive and developmental. (PR/PNA)
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