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3, 2015

NR # 3731C

Muslim Congressmen jointly appeal for sobriety

and support for peace efforts
With one voice, Muslim Members of the House of Representatives today strongly
appealed to the people to act with sobriety in appreciating the facts and circumstances
that led to the grim incident in Mamasapano, Maguindanao.
We, the undersigned Muslim Members of the House of Representatives (HRep), do
hereby jointly and in solidarity with other peace-loving and law-abiding citizens of this
country, manifest and issue our Statement on the unfortunate incident which happened last
Sunday, January 25, 2015, in Mamasapano, Maguindanao, that shocked our people and all
peace advocates all over the world.
We plead to our people to act with sobriety in appreciating the facts and
circumstances that led to the grim incident that none of us would even dare to imagine in a
civilized society where the rule of law and the desire for mutual respect and harmonious
co-existence are observed as fundament standards, the Muslim leaders led by Deputy
Speaker Pangalian M. Balindong (2nd District, Lanao del Sur); and Hon. Tupay T. Loong
(1st District, Sulu), Chairman - Committee on Muslim Affairs, and vice-Chairman, Ad Hoc
Committee on the BBL; said in a Joint Statement issued Tuesday.
At the same time, the Muslim leader-lawmakers declared that they wholeheartedly
support the proposal for the immediate conduct of an impartial investigation by a body
with the same number of representatives from the GRP and the International Monitoring
Team earlier constituted to facilitate the peace negotiation as head thereof.
The joint statement said they condemn the incident as highly unfortunate in the
wake of our determined and sustained effort to promote genuine peace, more particularly
in Muslim Mindanao, through the enactment of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) that
intends to give flesh, essence and substance to the Comprehensive Agreement on the
Bangsamoro (CAB) which the GRP and the MILF signed last year.
Other signatories to the Joint Statement are: Hon. Jim Hataman-Salliman (Lone
District, Basilan), Vice-Chairman, Ad Hoc Committee on BBL; Hon. Bai Sandra A. Sema
(1st District, Maguindanao & Cotabato City), Vice-Chairman, Ad Hoc Comm. on the BBL;
Hon. Ansaruddin A.M.A. Adiong (1st District, Lanao del Sur); Hon. Maryam Napii
Arbison (2nd District, Sulu); Hon. Zajid G. Mangudadatu (2 nd District, Maguindanao);
Hon. Ruby M. Sahali (Lone District, Tawi-Tawi); Hon. Sitti Djalia A. Turabin-Hataman
(Party-list AMIN); Hon. Raden C. Sakaluran (1st District, Sultan Kudarat); Hon. Imelda
Quibranza Dimaporo (1st District, Lanao del Norte) and Hon. Abdullah D. Dimaporo (2nd
District, Lanao del Norte).

The joint statement said they sympathize with all the families whose loved ones
lost their lives in the incident.
We grieve over the loss of lives on both sides who fought for the same cause, that
the right to live in peace be for all. We believe that in order to stop the tide of violence and
strife, we, as one nation, must strive even harder to foster the principles of peace and
unity, equality and fraternity for all.
As Representatives of the different Muslim political constituencies, we renew our
commitment of support to His Excellency, President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III, in his
search for meaningful, lasting and sustainable peace, as we also assure not only the
concerned families, but the entire Filipino Nation of our willingness to support any
investigation or measure that shall give justice where it is due, the Muslim lawmakers
They are also appealing to all concerned not to use the incident as a deterrent in
our quest for peace, development and prosperity through the approval and ratification of
the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), a measure dubbed as an instrument of peace.
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