Religious, political leaders tapped by military to tackle security in Sulu

Military officials sat with religious and political leaders to tackle peace and security issues in a three-day summit held in Patikul, Sulu this morning (December 19).

Anchored on the theme, “Unity and Harmony amidst Diversity towards Peace, Security, Development and Prosperity!” the peace summit saw around 100 Islamic and political leaders from Sulu give their consensus on internal security issues besetting the province today.

The peace summit, which will culminate on December 21, encouraged religious leaders to propose solutions to address terrorism in Sulu from the viewpoint of Islam, considering that terrorists used the religion to incite resentment and solicit resources to finance their nefarious ploys.

Brigadier General Francisco Ariel Felicidario III, the commander of the 101st Infantry Brigade, thanked local and religious leaders present who took the time to discuss the problem of armed struggles in Sulu, saying that religion and politics are correlated and that everyone, without regard to his beliefs, needs guidance.

Sulu Governor Abdusakur Tan cited a survey in Basilan, Sulu, and Tawi-Tawi, showing that a majority of the Suluanons prioritize religion.

“The Suluanons value religion more than family and work,” said Governor Tan. “I think that is the reason why the Joint Task Force Sulu, in partnership with the provincial government and the Tumikang Sama-Sama, decided to organize a summit with our religious leaders.”

Governor Tan added that the small group discussion with political and religious leaders will be helpful in coming up with solutions.

The peace summit was held at Sulu Area Coordination Center, Capitol Site in Barangay Bangkal, Patikul, Sulu today.

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