Fragile peace

June 09, 2019

PRESIDENT Duterte and his administration, which ends at 12 noon on June 30, 2022, want to preserve the “fragile peace” in natural resources-rich but impoverished Mindanao.

And we, like other peace-loving Filipinos, doff our hat to the Chief Executive for his determination to exert every effort to make sure that the gains in securing peace will not be lost.

In a speech Thursday night in his hometown of Davao City, President Duterte vowed to enforce the full force of the law against extremists, who may create violence in the region.

“Allow me to take this moment to assure you that this administration will endeavor to preserve the fragile peace that we have built in this region that I call home,” said Duterte.

Any violence against Muslims or any other tribe, notably those arising from religious extremism, hatred, discrimination and misguided beliefs, will never be tolerated, he assured.

In the view of many, the Duterte government is committed to disperse the benefit of growth and development not only in Luzon and the Visayas but also in the whole of Mindanao.

Of course, various quarters, including the ordinary citizens, are aware that without peace, socio-economic development cannot really take off in the so-called “Land of Promise.”

That’s why it’s not surprising why the hard-hitting President Duterte, a lawyer and a former state prosecutor, has vowed that any form of violence will be dealt with by the full force of the law.

In fact, Malacanang promised to pursue the killers of Abu Sayyaf Group Dutch hostage Ewold Horn “to the ends of the earth.”