The 1st Municipal Assembly and Peace Advocacy for Arabic school students and residents was conducted on March 1 at the Dr. Bong Tomawis Municipal Gymnasium at Parang, Maguindanao jointly sponsored by the Municipal Assembly for Islamic Call for Peace and Development headed by Ustads Usman Tarusan and Suwara Padangpadang (Radio Communication Network.) to apprise and enlighten the youth and students on the progress of the GPH-MILF Peace Process.
Prof. Esmael Abdula was the guest speaker who delved on the peace process, the FAB and its four annexes. Abdula is currently the Chairman of the Campaign and Mass Mobilization, Sub Committee on Information, Committee on Information and member of the Steering Committee of Bangsamoro Leadership and Management Institute (BLMI) at the same time the institute’s training officer. Also with Abdula were the Municipal Chairman and Vice Chairman of Committee on Da’wah, the Staff of the Provincial Information Committee, members of the Iranun Provincial Committee on Information and the officers and members of Suwara Padangpadang.
About 900 participants comprising youth and students, members of the Suwara Padangpadang and asatidz or Arabic school teachers from different Mahad and Madaris attended the activity many of them shouted “Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar” several times.
Prof. Abdula stressed, “if you wish to help achieve peace and see a rising Bangsamoro Government, let us register and vote yes during the 2015 plebiscite.”
By voting yes, we can start rebuilding our devastated communities and live in peace and progress. There is a popular saying, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step”. Abdula ended his presentation and an open forum ensued where some participants made queries and clarifications. All their concerns were intelligently answered by Abdula.