Challenging society to achieve sustainable peace and address the growing culture of violence in the country, the Founding President of the Jose Maria College College of Law, Pastor Apollo C. Quiboloy, imparts his mission of promoting harmony, justice and love in a Peace Initiatives Forum held last May 30, 2018 at the Kingdom of Jesus Christ (KJC) Hall.
The Mission of Peace and Progress
“This is part of my mission, that is, to preach love and achieve peace on Earth and hopefully, I pray that it will likewise be your mission too. We, at the Kingdom of Jesus Christ are cognizant of the meteoric rise of religious extremism nowadays that it has become imperative that ways and means must be found in order to minimize, if not stop, this lurking yet growing threat in our midst,” Pastor Apollo expressed.
Notable guest speakers
Joining Pastor Apollo in this forum are five notable guest speakers who also shed light on the facets of peace and ways to achieve development that the Filipino people had been thirsting for. Among these speakers is the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process of the Philippines, Jesus “Jess” Gestuveo Dureza who emphasized that peace can neither be achieved overnight nor done through the efforts of a few. Hence, it is a step-by-step process that requires collective effort not only from the government, but also from the Filipino people.
Likewise, Former Cotabato City Mayor Chair, Hon. Virgilio Leyretana Sr., and Honorary Consul of the Republic of Austria for Mindanao and Sulu, Dr. Peter Faistauer, spoke about topics such as violent extremism and the perennial problems on peace in the country. Finally, daughter of Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) Chairman, Hon. Ustaja Nur-Ainee Misuari-Tan Lim and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Chairman, Hon. Al-hajj Murad Ebrahim represented the Islam community and their views on exercising the rights of our Muslim fellows.
The reason behind the forum
Pastor Apollo believes that through this humble initiative, ideas that can solve the prevalent problem of violence in the country will be fostered. Thus, it can be a great avenue to develop a comprehensive approach towards the goal of achieving sustainable peace. “While we already have our own notion as to how we can contribute towards the curtailment of this threat, certainly through non-violent ways, we believe that it would be best if we solicit the ideas of the best minds in our society in order to achieve a workable consensus as to how we can find ways and means to minimize or even stop violent religious extremism nowadays,” the good Pastor said.
Finally, Pastor Apollo left a lingering message that states how love can be the key to achieving sustainable peace not only for the country, but for the world, “I say that peace must be achieved not only with justice, but most importantly with love! Peace or even sustainable peace can be truly achieved if it is likewise motivated by love. For real nurturing, empowerment and communications can only be sustained if it is truly motivated by love!”
Before the forum concluded, Pastor Apollo along with the guest speakers signed the Peace Wall – a symbolism of commitment to foster peace and always think towards the common good.
Only a first among many upcoming initiatives, Pastor encourages the JMC Law School to make bold steps towards peace, seeking greater avenues to encourage young professionals and the concerned society to take part in the quest for change.