#FightForPeace online campaign gains 6,000 supporters

Mar. 21, 2015

TAGUM CITY — An online peace campaign dubbed as #FightForPeace has gained more than 6,000 supporters, petitioning the government “to pursue peace process in Mindanao” and rejects the call for all-out war.

The petitioner of the said campaign was alleged to be one of the wounded members of the Special Action Force that figured with the Moro rebel groups—MILF and BIFF in Mamasapanao, Maguindanao last January 25, 2015.

“Isa ako sa mga SAF officer sa operasyon sa paghuli ng teroristang si Marwan sa Mamasapano noong January 25. For security reasons, kailangan kong itago ang aking tunay na pangalan,” the petitioner said in his introductory message under the alias name “Jason Navarro”.

The petitioner said he launched the petition “to give voice to the many who share my belief in peace. I write for the countless mothers who have seen offspring sacrificed to war.”

“Even so, I grieve to hear demands for ‘all-out war.’ For I, too, am a child of Mindanao. In childhood, I watched the flight of thousands of people from nearby towns. Entire families desperately seeking safe haven, war having obliterated their communities,” he said.

As of Friday, the online peace campaign has been signed by 6,400 supporters in an effort to convince national leaders to push for peace following the Mamamsapano carnage.

“Even as we seek justice for my fallen comrades, let us repeat again and again: War is not the solution,” he said.


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