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MOA-AD a path to peace, says Archbishop Quevedo

In Catholicism, Christianity, Government, History, Islam, News, Philippine politics, Philippines, Politics, Religion, War on August 20, 2008 at 17:12

Given Mindanao’s history, the MOA-AD offers a viable path to peace, according to Archbishop Quevedo…

For another perspective on the controversy surrounding the (now shelved) Memorandum of Agreement on Ancestral Domain (MOA-AD) between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), please see the essays “What is the MOA-AD in the MILF-GRP Peace Process?” and “Can the MOA-AD bring Lasting Peace?” by the Archbishop Orlando B. Quevedo, O.M.I. of Cotabato.

In these first 2 of a series of 5 posts on the MOA-AD, the Archbishop Quevedo clarifies that the MOA-AD is intended to rectify the loss by Mindanao Muslims of their ancestral lands (in which, after the great wave of Christian migrations, they had themselves become the minority), while protecting Christians’ vested rights. Although many Christian Filipinos see it as a bretrayal, a fair review of the history of Mindanao shows that the MOA-AD is “a remarkable document” that, by recognizing the conception of a Bangsa Moro homeland, offers a viable path to a lasting peace.

Being an attempt by a Christian and pastor of the one true Church to consider the controversy from the other side’s perspective, the Archbishop’s essays offer a useful corrective to our natural tendency to analyze the issue solely on the basis of our own groups’ viewpoints, whether as “Christians”, “lumads”, or “Moros”. Therefore, whether or not one agrees with the Archbishop Quevedo, his defense of the MOA-AD as an act of historical justice merits due examination.

You may read the 5 parts of the series on his weblog and on the websites of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines and Mindanews, and the MOA-AD itself here on the blog of Bong Montesa.

God bless us all.

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  2. if Father Quevedo’s is one of those killed by Muslim Terrorists, just like his fellow priest who had had his nail removed and beheaded few years ago. Do you think this Archibishop would still support Muslim Terrorism.

  3. he is an elite Archbishop. He exactly does not know the struggles of the poor. He is only good in writing dogmas. No doubt he would defend the MO-AD, he is GMA’s bestfriend and many rich muslim friend.

  4. Thanks all for the comments, and apologies for the long delay.

    To antonio and Poor of Cotabato: I think that, to be fair to the Archbishop Quevedo, he was trying to see the issue from as objective a perspective as possible. His point, I think, is that beyond the question of violence and extremism there is a need to examine the economic and historical roots of the conflict, and I cannot say that would be wrong…

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