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The Choice Is Ours

The Choice Is Ours
by Prof. Rudy B. Rodil

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Professor Rudy Buhay Rodil of the Mindanao State University - Iligan Institute of Technology is an expert on Mindanao history, a peace advocate and author of several history books and articles. He was a member of the government peace panel which negotiated with the Moro National Liberation Front in 1993 - 1996. He presently edits a website Kalinaw Mindanaw.

Barely had the smoke cleared in the Ozamiz ferry bombing on Feb. 25, Professor Rodil wrote the mindanao1081 eGroup mailing list that the ''potential'' for a revival of Mindanao’s violent events of the 1970s is there. ''History has left us with deep-seated biases. There were manifestations of this even in the airwaves where announcers would speculate, think aloud and come to conclusions without basis in fact that this group or that is responsible... Fortunately, there are more cool heads now. We are no longer in the 1970s when violent events like this could easily trigger like responses. We have today more individuals and institutions who are quick to come forward and appeal for calm and sobriety. The seeds of peace have been sown among a good number of people but obviously there is more peace-building work to be done.''

A few days later, he wrote this second letter (updated for BUGS & BYTES by Prof. Rodil from the version which was printed by the Philippine Daily Inquirer on March 4, 2000):

THE CHOICE IS OURS
by Prof. Rudy B. Rodil

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