ZAMBOANGA CITY –- Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. said the peace process should continue for the progress of Mindanao.
“The peace process has to continue. We have to find a true and lasting peace,” Marcos said in a press conference here.
Marcos said the potentials of Mindanao can be fully developed once a true and lasting peace is in place.
Mindanao has several potentials not only in terms of natural resources but to include tourism, agriculture and others.
However, the development of these potentials is hindered by the volatile peace and order situation of Mindanao.
“We can do all of the things that we have always wanted to do for Mindanao such as to develop the infrastructures,” Marcos explained once there is a lasting peace.
“How many times we have heard Mindanao is the land of promise, the land of great potentials. Mapapakinabangan na natin yung potentials kasi wala ng gyera, wala ng gulo.” Marcos added.
At present, the government is pushing for the passage of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), which the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) said will not only improve the fate of the Bangsamoro region but will also change the discourse on Mindanao as it will signal the closing of the armed conflict with the largest Moro rebel group in the country once the BBL is approved.
Marcos was here on Sunday as he accompanied his wife, Atty. Louise Araneta, to attend the general assembly of the Familia Araneta de Zamboanga (Araneta family of Zamboanga).
The assembly was anchored on the theme: “keeping the family connected to its roots.” PNA/northboundasia.com