We are all Filipinos : Governors League rejects Mindanao secession proposal

Governors League rejects Mindanao secession proposal
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In a recent press statement released by the League of Provinces of the Philippines (LPP), signed by LPP President and South Cotabato Governor Reynaldo S. Tamayo Jr., the organization expressed its firm stance against the proposal for Mindanao's secession from the rest of the nation.

Entitled "WE ARE ALL FILIPINOS," the statement emphasized that the LPP, particularly Mindanao governors, does not support the secession proposal. While acknowledging the desire for self-determination among Mindanaoans, the LPP views the proposal as myopic and parochial in an increasingly open and borderless world.

The LPP argued that the secession proposal undermines the nation's territorial integrity, particularly amid ongoing violations of its sovereign rights in the West Philippine Sea. Additionally, it promotes division rather than unity, fueled more by politics than genuine concerns for autonomy and decentralization.

As the vanguard of real autonomy and decentralization, the LPP rejects attempts to divide the nation into smaller states and governments, which it believes would hinder national progress and development.

Echoing the sentiments of Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Benhur Abalos Jr., the LPP emphasized that secession is not the solution to Mindanao's concerns. It believes that political, economic, social, and cultural development can be successfully pursued within the framework of a united nation.

The LPP highlighted ongoing efforts to bring peace and progress to Mindanao, such as the establishment of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARRM) and initiatives like the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) aimed at increasing growth opportunities in the region.

The LPP emphasized the need for a united and undivided nation, stating that despite differences, all Filipinos are part of one country.

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