It is difficult to be a Muslim, and a lot more difficult to be a Filipino Muslim.
Yesterday, I reflected on the years that I’ve spent trying to help in the peace situation in Southern Philippines. It is heartbreaking to see the Bangsamoro Basic Law crumble, more so know that it fell apart due to the distrust of the non-Moros/non-Muslims in the legislative branch. The BBL was our path to peace and development, and though it wasn’t perfect, it proposed the best solutions of this time to the historical injustices committed against the Moro population. Now that the possibility of the BBL coming into life is almost nil, the grim backside is slowly surfacing. This is a time to be patient, to be sober, to always choose peace over violence.
I was twenty-one, fresh out of college, when I joined the Office of Senator TG Guingona. There I met…
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