All responsible for the deaths should admit their guilt


WE, Former Senior Government Officials, express our sympathy for all those who died in Mamasapano. We pray for justice with mercy and compassion.

We pray that the recent incidents of violence should not deter the government, the various armed groups, the media, and the general public from pursuing all avenues to achieve peace in Mindanao. There have been far too many deaths, too many displaced families, too many communities held hostage by fear. Unless peace is achieved, there will be more of those.

A good step toward renewing the path to peace is for all those responsible for the deaths of both the members of the Special Action Forces of the Philippine National Police and the members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front to immediately admit their guilt and face the consequences of their actions.

We need to know the whole truth about what happened, but we should not wait for the results of a necessary, credible, but long investigation to agree on the next steps to take to achieve lasting peace.

We believe that peace cannot be built in a day. The country as a whole – not just our government, not just the people of Mindanao, not just media, not just everyone on social media – must maintain its composure in the face of such overwhelming challenges to the peace process. We must not be disheartened. We must remain hopeful. We must work towards fulfilling our dream of a peaceful and prosperous Mindanao.

Signed February 5, 2015
for the FSGO Membership by

Isagani Cruz
Former Undersecretary
Department of Education
Email: isaganicruz@gmail.com

Fulgencio Factoran, Jr.
Former Secretary
Department of Environment and Natural Resources
Email: factoran.fulgencio@gmail.com


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  1. It seems to me you have decided that Benigno Aquino has nothing to do with the whole episode, even if the opening of your article is calling for truth and justice. Shame. Soldiers, including the Police after all, only follow the orders they receive. The person behind the whole thing, which is looking very much like Benigno Aquino, needs to apologize and answer for this very messy affair. I guess, I am asking too much from you people to say this. Too bad.