For: OCD ARMMFrom: OCD BASULTASubject: Information Report on “A Covenant of Solidarity for Peace and Development in Basilan”According to Charles Hauss r
econciliation has become one of the "hottest" topics in theincreasingly "hot" field of conflict resolution. It refers to a large number of activitiesthat help turn the temporary peace of an agreement which ends the fighting into alasting end to the conflict itself. Through reconciliation and the related processesof
/or transitional justice, parties to the dispute explore andovercome the pain brought on during the conflict and find ways to build trust andlive cooperatively with each other.
News clip:BASILAN, Philippines - Two families locked in a violent dispute signed a peace covenant here onTuesday, June 5, ending nearly a decade of political rivalry.Jum Akbar, Basilan governor, and Mujiv Hataman, acting regional governor of the AutonomousRegion in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), led Basileños in the signing of “A Covenant of Solidarityfor Peace and Development in Basilan” at the Basilan State College in the capital city of Isabela.Interior and Local Government Secretary witnessed the signing and hailed it as a first step whichshould be followed by other warring families in the country.Source: Rappler.com
Significant Points during the Event
1. The reconciliation was initiated by the Ulama Council of Basilan.2. Gov. Hataman and Gov. Akbar expressed hope that the reconciliation of their clans will be anew beginning towards peace and progress in the island of Basilan.2. Gov. Jum Akbar dismissed accusations against the Hatamans.4. The reconciliation between the Akbars and Hatamans was witnessed and praised by OPAP Sec.Deles and DILG Sec. Robredo.5. According to OIC Gov. Hataman this is just a first step in his reforms for peace anddevelopment.
Political reconciliation depends on transforming a relation of enmityinto one of civic friendship.