By Ali G. Macabalang
Cotabato City – Civilian, police and military officials in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) have assured full support for the anti-violent religious extremism drive in Maguindanao, including a two-day summit this October.
The Provincial Peace and Order Council of Maguindanao has tentatively set the summit in the first week of October in its regular meeting presided over by Governor Esmael Mangudadatu as PPOC chair in Buluan town last September 13.
ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman said he will direct ARMM’s Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) to help facilitate the two-day summit as a pilot provincial undertaking against terrorism-bound extremism.
Hataman said he will also ask the members of the ARMM’s Regional Darul Iftah (House of Opinions), which includes moderate clerics who studied Islamic theology in the Middle East and North Africa, to attend the event.
A report published on Friday quoted Lt. Gen. Carlito Galvez Jr., head of the AFP Western Mindanao Command, and Chief Supt. Reuben Theodore Sindac, ARMM police director, as assuring full support for the summit.
The summit secretariat said it will be sending formal invitations to Cotabato Archbishop Orlando Cardinal Quevedo, and a number of top Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) leaders to act as speakers or key participants.
“Ulama (Islamic leaders and imams) will be involved as key participants in the summit alongside the youth, academe, professionals, and all other concerned sectors… to provide inputs and help us come up with a comprehensive remedy to the emerging growth of religious extremism in Muslim areas,” Mangudadatu said at the PPOC meeting.
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