Representative Jim Hataman-Salliman on the celebration of the National Peace Consciousness Month
I join my fellow Filipino brothers and sisters in this year’s observance and celebration of the National Peace Consciousness Month under the theme “Pagkakaisa Tungo sa Patuloy na Kapayapaan at Kaunlaran.”
For too long, we have worked to achieve that lofty ideal of Peace. It may sometime seem so elusive and unreachable, but is still an ideal worth laboring for. Pushing for peace, no matter how remote, is better than doing nothing. For if we sit on the sidelines, we are upholding and embracing the alternative that is war, violence, and injustice.
And so I renew my call for everyone who cares for peace to remain supportive of the Bangsamoro peace process. We must remain dedicated, courageous, and unrelenting in our efforts as long as we need to – until we reach our goal or until our lives are spent. The Bangsamoro peace process must endure the passing of administrations. Let us continue to be united in striving for the ideal of peace.
I pray for clarity and unity for every Filipino on this National Peace Consciousness Month.
Representative, Lone District-Basilan