Cotabato City, 31 August 2011– The epic Run for Peace and Solidarity for Mindanao ended in a poignant closing ceremony in Cotabato City today after a sometimes grueling, tense but hopeful 10-day historical journey through conflict areas between Zamboanga and Cotabato.
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Chanting “Peace in Mindanao, Now Na!”, more than a thousand children from around 13 schools along the Maria Lobregat highway between Curuan district and Tungawan municipality in Zamboanga gave a stirring welcome to the runners participating in the second day of the Run for Peace and Solidarity for Mindanao as they passed their schools.
Amid continuing armed hostilities in Mindanao, the City Council of Bacolod endorsed a resolution asking Malacanang to heed the appeal for peace of the Negros contingent of a peace caravan which traveled last November from Baguio to Cotabato.
Resolution No. 972, proposed by Bacolod Councilor Jocelle Batapa-Sigue, expressed solidarity to the delegates of the Duyog Mindanao Caravan for Peace and Solidarity who have witnessed the plight of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the evacuation centers of Datu Piang in Maguindanao and Lanao province. The resolution was submitted to the Office of the President of the Republic of the Philippines. The caravan was spearheaded by the Mindanao Peaceweavers (MPW), the broadest coalition of peace networks in Mindanao.
We, the Negros contingent in the “Duyog Mindanao Peace and Solidarity Caravan” that started last November 21 in Baguio City and stopped in Luzon, Iloilo, Bacolod and in Mindanao enjoin in solidarity with our Muslim, Lumads and Christian brothers and sisters to end armed hostilities in Mindanao.