MANILA, December 20, 2016 (PNA) — President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday made a pitch for peace in Sulu, rallying business leaders to support development efforts in the province.
In his message during the Go Negosyo Christmas Townhall with the President, Duterte told the business leaders that he is negotiating with Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) founding chair Nur Misuari as well as with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).
“I hope, I said that before the year ends, something concrete and positive will come out,” he said.
“And ito ang gusto kong sabihin sa bayan: You have to heed us people, guys from Mindanao because we are telling you the truth, you have to really transform this country,” he added.
In the spirit of Christmas, Go Negosyo through the KAPATID initiative started the Negosyo Para sa Kapayapaan sa Sulu: Christmas Town hall with the President.
Sulu is part of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). Its population of 824,731 is predominantly Muslim Tausug with 125,564 concentrated in the capital Jolo City.
It is the base for the MNLF led by Misuari. However, the military is pursuing the Abu Sayyaf Group in second district areas.
Negosyo Para sa Kapayapaan in the province of Sulu is an initiative for the private sector to get involved in supplementing government efforts to establish peace and development in the area.
Among the members of the private sector that committed to Sulu’s development were the Manuel V. Pangilinan group, which pledged development in telecom, hospitals, and coconut mill industry.
San Miguel Corporation made a commitment to build a power plant and to reorganize Sulu’s school of arts and trade. It also promised to create a feed mill supply chain.
National Book Store also committed to provide school supplies for at least 100,000 school kids in Sulu, while the Department of Agriculture will provide tractors, farm implements, and agricultural training.
Other donors are Bounty Fresh Good, Inc., W Group, Kawad Kalinga, Lucio Tan Group, Kapatid Agri Group, and the federation of Filipino-Chinese businessmen. (PNA)