By Abubakar Balabagan
PIKIT, North Cotabato (April 4, 2014) — The people from the Municipalities of Aleosan, Pikit, Kabacan, Carmen, all of North Cotabato, and the municipalities of Pagagawan and Pagalungan of Maguindanao were gathered on March 27, 2014 at the Pikit Plaza to witness the (live coverage of the) signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) at the Malacañan Palace viewed through the large white screen installed by the Women Affairs Committee of Pikit Chapter of the United Youth for Peace and Development (UNYPAD) in partnership with the Pikit Local Government Units (LGUs).
“More than10,000 Bangsamoro, Christian Settlers and some Indigenous People were gathered for one cause and this is to welcome and show strong support to the signing of CAB believing that this is only the way to attain a lasting Peace in Mindanao,” the organizer said.
“Most of them were very happy and some were emotional for having reminisced their relatives, friends and mujahidin who spent their blood to defend the Bangsamoro Homeland,” said old woman during the historic gathering.
Speeches of various sectors such as youth, women, among others, were delivered before the CAB signing started to utilize the time.
Hamsa Landayan, the UNYPAD Provincial President of North Cotabato Chapter said, “The LGU of Pikit is very supportive in this activity quoting one of the LGU officials saying that the long-dreamt unity of the Bangsamoro and Christians are going to be realized through this CAB.”
North Cotabato Board Member Dulia Sultan expressively committed to support the GPH-MILF CAB in order to achieve the lasting peace in Mindanao.
“I don’t need war, I need peace and development, stop any illegal activity. If you want peace, you have to support Bangsamoro Government,” shed opined.
“This coming plebiscite, we need to vote yes to stop the war and if you want war again, just vote no!” she stressed.
“I will help the peace advocates on their campaign to vote for yes this coming plebiscite,” she promised.
Most of the speakers registered their commitment to support the CAB and the Bangsamoro government. They also always reminded all people in attendance to vote for yes when the plebiscite comes.