Vice President Jejomar Binay on Wednesday urged Muslims and Christians to work together to ensure the success of the Comprehensive Agreement on Bangsamoro (CAB).
Speaking to graduates of the Mindanao State University, Binay called the signing of the CAB the first step to end decades of war and poverty in Mindanao.
“On this year, we gave birth to a new community where everyone, regardless of economic class or faith, is a valued member, where the fruits of development and prosperity will be shared by all,” he said.
“I implore everyone—Muslims and Christians alike—to make this a reality within our lifetime,” Binay added.
He also urged the graduates to register their biometrics so they can vote in 2016.
Binay cautioned students not to fall into the trap of believing that one vote has no value since “it is precisely this kind of thinking that weakens the most fundamental of our democratic processes, thus resulting in low voter turnout, even electoral fraud and vote buying.”
“It is also precisely this kind of thinking that has elected a breed of local and national officials on the wings of slick sloganeering and media manipulation— without any proven competence to manage the complex affairs of state nor the requisite commitment to nurture and empower especially our poor and marginalized countrymen,” he said.