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NAVY FACILITATES SETTLEMENT OF WAR CLANS ABOARDSHIP

By: NAVAL FORCES WESTERN MINDANAO


navy pictures NAVY FACILITATES SETTLEMENT OF WAR CLANS ABOARDSHIP

navy pictures NAVY FACILITATES SETTLEMENT OF WAR CLANS ABOARDSHIP

navy pictures NAVY FACILITATES SETTLEMENT OF WAR CLANS ABOARDSHIP

navy pictures NAVY FACILITATES SETTLEMENT OF WAR CLANS ABOARDSHIP

navy pictures NAVY FACILITATES SETTLEMENT OF WAR CLANS ABOARDSHIP
Pata Island, Sulu - The Asia Foundation in partnership with BAPESDA, Tulung Lupah Suh, SMFI-Sulu and in coordination with the Naval Forces Western Mindanao, facilitated and conducted the Pacific Settlement of Conflict between seven (7) feuding families in the municipality of Pata, Island on Tuesday aboard a navy vessel.

After long years of conflict, the Bahara, Jul, Allani, Ismula, Ismael, Alih, and Adjail clans have finally met to end their differences and start building a just and lasting peaceful relationship in the Island.

This resolution of disputes was initiated by the belligerents themselves after realizing that their long years of hostilities had just resulted in the loss of hundreds of lives, a series of human rights violations, meager economic development, and poor governance.

With its commitment to achieve reforms and improve community relations in conflict-affected areas, the Asia Foundation supported the call for peace and vision of transformation. And in order to make this possible, they tapped the military presence and not any political entities to facilitate and witness the signing of peace covenant to avoid any obstructions for furtherance of the peace settlement.

The Philippine Navy is one of the supporters which opened its doors to the invitation of the Asia Foundation and local populace. The signing of peace covenant was made aboard BRP GENERAL MARIANO ALVAREZ (PS38), a very rare event, where leaders of each clan, peace negotiators and military officers placed their respective signatures on the covenant as a symbol of the end of long years of wars.

Personnel of Naval Forces Western Mindanao, with Pata Island in Sulu as part of their area of responsibility, were pleased with the settlement of the family disputes. They see it as a genuine beginning of the peaceful transformation of Sulu which the whole Filipino nation has been eager to see.

Rear Admiral Armando Guzman, Commander of Naval Forces Western Mindanao, addressed the participants as Peace Lovers and encouraged the feuding families to be sincere of their commitments on the settlement of their conflicts. He also cited his past experiences in Sulu as a young naval officer aboard ship where he witnessed first-hand conflicts particularly in Pata Island. He is very thankful with this positive development as he is about to close his military career next year.

Both parties and negotiators have extended their gratitude to the Philippine Navy for providing them a venue for the historical settlement of their conflicts and swore to be steadfast not only for themselves but for the next generations as well.
  Posted: Aug-31-2012
 

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