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Peace “caravan” on the road in Mindanao

ICC Note:

In an effort to raise understanding of the conflict in Mindanao and promote peace without war, an interreligious group led by Fr. Angel Calvo, a Claretian missionary with the support of the Filipino bishops’ conference, has organized a “caravan” to travel throughout Mindanao and promote dialogue.

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11/19/08 Philippines (AsiaNews) It is called “the people’s caravan for peace and solidarity in Mindanao.” The departure is scheduled for November 21, from Baguio City, north of Manila, and will conclude on the 28th, the second day of the week for peace in Mindanao, in Cotabato City in the south of the country.

The demonstration was organized by the Mindanao PeaceWeavers, an interreligious group led by Fr. Angel Calvo, a Claretian missionary, and has the support of the Filipino bishops’ conference together with the presidential advisory office for the peace process.

The aim of those participating in the caravan is to make it understood that “war is not an option,” and to debunk the common wisdom about the situation on the Filipino island. “Large segments of the settler community in Mindanao need to understand the root causes of the conflict in Mindanao,” because “while most of our citizenry are basically for peace, some of them are drawn to the rhetoric of war in settling the Mindanao ‘problem’ once and for all.”

Among participants in the initiative are numerous associations and organizations involved in the defense of human rights and in promoting peace in Mindanao.

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