By: UNYPAD ComTeam
GENERAL SANTOS CITY/September 30 – The group of Bangsamoro youth who attended the two-day forum on the role of Bangsamoro on the trend of extremism in Mindanao organized by the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (CHD) in partnership with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) held at General Santos City on September 27-28 had denounced the ideology of violent extremism.
Norsahid Dudin Benito, officer of the United Youth for Peace and Development (UNYPAD) Sultan Kudarat Provincial Chapter, affirmed their support to denounce the violent extremism.
Norsahid said that they will continue their effort to organize more symposium in their village to explain the harmful effect of violent extremism to the community.
The UNYPAD national assigned Norsahid and Mohammadborhan Emam, Secretary of the UNYPAD General Santos City Chapter to join in the said youth forum.
CHD said that the objectives of this youth forum aims to discuss the evolving nature of extremism in Mindanao in the context of current events in the Philippines and abroad. It also intends to examine the ramification of these developments to peace-building processes in Mindanao.
The organizer further said they gathered at least 60 youth participants coming from various organizations and schools in Southern and Central Mindanao.
The CHD invited renown speakers to discuss the topics on correct aqeedah, history of the Bangsamoro struggle and Updates on the GPH-MILF peace process.
Moro Islamic scholar Ustadz Abdulhadie Gumander had explained the contemporary trend in the spreading of extremist groups ideology in Mindanao.
Gumander said that this group who propagate Islam as means of their strategy in recruiting youth to become radicalize is very dangerous.
“This violent extremism had no place in Islam,” Gumander stressed.
Ustadz Abdulkahar Musa was among of the asatidz (plural for ulama) who also shared the correct aqeedah or belief of a true believers of Islam.
Prof. Abhoud Syed Lingga, member of the MILF peace implementing panel presented the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).
“We have done our part. The passage of BBL is purely the obligation of government side,” Abhoud said.
Mohagher Iqbal, chairman of the MILF peace implementing panel gave lecture on Bangsamoro history and updates on the government and MILF peace process.
The CHD together with the MILF Implementing Panel and religious sector tried to look for a better solution on how to address the concrete challenges posed by violent extremism within each society.
CHD Philippines have conducted several youth fora in Mindanao in order to help the youth understand their role to prevent extremism, hopes to inspire the youth to be actively involved in the frontlines of peace advocacies and peace-building initiatives and preserve and promote the gains of the peace process.