Silsilah Davao chapter lamented emergence of Christian vigilantes

DAVAO CITY, September 2, 2008–Members of Silsilah Dialogue Movement–Davao Chapter lamented the emergence of Christian vigilantes in Mindanao as well as the killing of innocent Christian civilians by some units of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

Last Saturday, several Muslim Imams, ustadz, Muslim youth leader, two priests, a seminarian and a religious sister as well as members of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP) who are members of Silsilah-Davao gathered at the Redemptorist monastery in Bajada, this city, for a forum and to evaluate themselves on what they can contribute to peace in Mindanao.

Those who attended the forum have gone through the Silsilah Christian-Muslim Dialogue seminar in Zamboanga City.

Fr. Amado Picardal who is also a member of the Silsilah wrote in his blog that the members lamented the emergence of the Ilagas, the Christian vigilantes.

Picardal said that they are worried of the danger that the presence of vigilantes in Mindanao could turn the whole thing into a Christian-Muslim conflict.

“The Christians in the Forum also expressed their concerns about the ongoing military operations against some Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) units that have led to collateral damage among Muslim civilians,” he further wrote.

The Muslims in the Forum were also horrified and saddened by the killings of innocent Christian civilians perpetrated by some MILF units under Commanders Bravo and Kato.

“They (Muslims) said that it was un-Islamic and must be condemned. This has contributed to the breakdown of the peace process,” said Picardal. (Mark S. Ventura)(CBCPNews)

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