LGUs Unite Against Calls for Mindanao’s Secession

Mindanao's Secession

Amid discussions of Mindanao’s potential separation, various LGUs unite to oppose any steps toward secession. They firmly advocate for maintaining the region’s unity within the Philippines.

Here’s a detailed look at their stance and the broader implications according to
Tutubi News Magazine:

ULAP’s Call for Unity

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The Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines (ULAP) issues a statement denouncing initiatives aimed at separating any region from the Philippines, particularly Mindanao. ULAP stresses collaboration among national and local government units, community groups, and civil society organizations for nationwide inclusive development. It aims for sustainable progress through collective efforts. Quirino Gov. Dakila Cua, ULAP’s national president, underscores the significance of collective efforts in fostering progress across the country.

The League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP) echoes ULAP’s stance, expressing full support for maintaining a united Philippines despite calls for Mindanao’s separation. LCP President and Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama emphasizes the importance of unity in preserving the nation’s achievements in peace, progress, and prosperity.

LPP’s Rejection of Separation Proposals

The League of Provinces of the Philippines (LPP) firmly rejects proposals advocating for Mindanao’s secession, labeling them as politically motivated. LPP criticizes such initiatives for undermining the country’s territorial integrity and stresses the need to prioritize autonomy and decentralization within a unified nation.

Former President Rodrigo Duterte raised the prospect of Mindanao’s secession during a news conference. He proposed a signature-gathering process to pursue separation. Archbishop Martin Jumoad of Ozamis voices opposition to the proposal, emphasizing the importance of national unity over division. Archbishop Jumoad calls for proactive measures to preserve national unity and territorial integrity, advocating for peace and progress without resorting to division or conflict.

The Broader Implications

The LGUs’ unified stance against Mindanao’s separation reflects the importance of preserving national unity and territorial integrity. Amidst political discussions and proposals, the emphasis remains on fostering inclusive development and collaboration across the country. The opposition from LGUs underscores the complexities and sensitivities surrounding discussions of regional autonomy and decentralization within the Philippines.

LGUs collectively voice commitment to national unity and progress amid differing opinions and proposals, emphasizing ongoing dialogue. They address regional concerns while preserving the nation’s integrity.

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