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Peace is possible – military

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By Nonoy E. Lacson, Bonita L. Ermac, and Francis T. Wakefield

WEAPONS DOWN – After almost five months of fighting, members of the elite 2nd Scout Ranger Battalion gather in an undisclosed location outside the main battle area to check on their families using their cellphones in Marawi City. (Keith Bacongco)

WEAPONS DOWN – After almost five months of fighting, members of the elite 2nd Scout Ranger Battalion gather in an undisclosed location outside the main battle area to check on their families using their cellphones in Marawi City. (Keith Bacongco)

Zamboanga City – The  local government unit of Marawi City and soldiers from the Joint Task Force Marawi including  various  stakeholders launched on Saturday a mural painting for “peace and order” in Barangay Kalunungan East Pantar, Lanao del Norte.

Armed Forces of the Philippines, Western Mindanao Command (AFP-WestMinCom) Spokesman Army Capt. Jo-Ann Petinglay said   Brig Gen. Roseller Murillo, commander of the 1st Infantry Division, Philippine Army led the soldiers in the mural painting activities.

The activity was anchored on the theme “Peace is Possible,” the activity was held in collaboration with Junior Chamber International (JCI) San Juan Dambana, Davies Paint Reinvented, and Peace is Possible.

Students from Mindanao State University (MSU) and their different school organizations as well as talents chosen from among the Internally Displaced Persons living in different evacuation centers also joined in painting the 80-meters long walls along the highway of Kalunungan West Pantar.

“We have accomplished everything with solidarity and we intend to reach more of our objectives to bring peace and stability in Mindanao,” Murillo said.

“Let us continue to work together to defeat terrorism in the regions. We would like to extend our gratitude to you for supporting us all the way,” Murillo added.

AFP-WestMinCom Commander Lt. Gen. Carlito Galvez Jr. said “Your soldiers fully support this kind of activities that promote peace and healing and I am glad that our brothers who were displaced due to the crisis in Marawi showed strong support by participating.”

“We will make sure that more peace initiatives will be done to help comfort our brother Maranaos,” Galvez said.

Peace is possible

The peace mural, dubbed as “Peace is Possible” came up after a realization that peace can be attained with the help of everyone, said Major Jeffrex Molina, Commander, Public Affairs Task Unit, Joint Task Group Tabang.

“Ang mga sakripisyo na ibinuhos ng ating mga sundalo, ng ating mga kabataan, ng mga Maranao mismo na nakipagtulungan upang makamtan natin ang kapayapaan ay ibinuhos sa pamamagitan ng peace mural na ito,”. (The sacrifices made by our soldiers, our youth, the Maranaoans, we put them all together and poured all our energies into making this peace mural), Molina said.

The activity started last Friday and ended on Sunday.

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