MANILA, Philippines- Nanindigan ang provincial government ng Maguindanao del Sur at Sultan Kudarat para sa nagkakaisang Pilipinas sa pagbasura nila sa panawagang ihiwalay ang Mindanao sa Pilipinas.
Inihayag ni Maguindanao del Sur Governor Bai Mariam Sangki Mangudadatu na mababalewala sa Mindanao secession ang Constitutional rights ng sambayanan at makokompromiso ang pagsisikap ng pamahalaan na maging matatag ang bansa.
“Mindanao is a mirror of diversity, progress and preserving peace. Unity leads to peace, development and prosperity. Contrary to instability, underdevelopment and disorder,” pahayag ni Sangki Mangudadatu.
“We affirm that secession is not the answer to Mindanao’s concern. It denies our people the rights embodied by the constitution, including the destruction of our territorial integrity compromising our efforts to build a stronger nation,” aniya pa.
Iginiit niya “the people of Mindanao are vested with rights and political choices conferred by the Constitution and law” at binigyang-diin na ang pagpapairal sa demokrasya ang kanilang “primary consideration” sa pagsusulong ng kanilang karapatan.
“In the spirit of peace and unity, we turn down any call or movement that aims to destabilize our government and eventually that would divide our nation, much the movement that would separate Mindanao with our beloved country the Philippines,” ayon sa opisyal.
“We are for one and united Philippines,” patuloy niya.
Iginiit din ni Sultan Kudarat Governor Datu Pax Ali Mangudadatu ang kanyang commitment, demokrasya, pagiging inklusibo at hustisya sa kanyang panawagan para sa pagkakaisa ng bansa, at pagtutol sa panawagang Mindanao secession.
“Mindanao’s concerns should be resolved without pursuing secession. Such division would infringe the fundamental doctrines of our Constitution. It would disrupt the interconnected productivity of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao that has long sustained our national economy, and risk fracturing the foundation of our unity and national stability,” wika niya.
“In the spirit of unity, let us reaffirm our commitment to the principles of democracy, inclusivity, and justice. We must move forward stronger as one undivided nation under a collective objective of stability and progress,” dagdag ni Mangudadatu.
“Thus, it is evident that the course of unity is not merely an option but an imperative to the persistent harmony that leads Mindanao to this day. Termination of armed conflicts in Mindanao is a milestone of the comprehensive peace process,” sabi pang gobernador. RNT/SA