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Basilan bishop welcomes deal with MILF, wants respect for Christians
Mgr Martin Jumoad, bishop of Isabela (Basilan), backs the new Bangsamoro autonomous region for the local Muslim majority. Along with the diocese of Cotabato, Isabela has one of the largest concentrations of Christians on the island. At the same time, he calls for vigilance, asking Muslims to respect religious minorities.
Zamboanga (AsiaNews) - Mgr Martin Jumoad, bishop of Basilan, is in
favour of the creation
of a new autonomous entity on Mindanao. The historic result achieved by
the Filipino government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front was announced
yesterday at the end of talks between the two sides held in Kuala
"I welcome the move because it is a step towards peace. We have suffered
a lot and any small step towards peace is a sign of hope," Bishop Martin Jumoad
of the Diocese of Basilan is in the city of Isabela, where Christians are about
half of the population. Together with Cotabato, it has one of largest concentrations
of Christians in the would-be Bangsamoro Autonomous Region.
have been the scene of many attacks by Muslim extremists, the
last one on 5 July 2009 that left five people dead.
to AsiaNews, local sources, anonymous for security reasons, said that many Christian
families are already leaving their homes for safer areas, a trend that can only
accelerate with the creation of the Autonomous Muslim Region.
Under the terms of the agreement,
Sharia will be enforced in the new region, but only for Muslims. At the same time, the two cities
will be attached to Bangsamoro only after a referendum in 2013.
have to be vigilant. At the same time, we explain to people the workings of the
agreement, showing the risks and the opportunities that come from voting 'yes'
or 'no'," Mgr Jumoad explained.
hopes there will be respect for minority religions and groups in the proposed
Bangsamoro Region, noting however that "Islam believes in a theocratic form of
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