JPCC of DPP organized a Conference on Bangsamoro basic law

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The Commission on Justice, Peace and Care of Creation (JPCC) of the Dominican Province of the Philippines (DPP)
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JPCC of DPP Conference on Bangsamoro basic law
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The Commission on Justice, Peace and Care of Creation (JPCC) of the Dominican Province of the Philippines (DPP) in collaboration with the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Simbahayan Community Development Office held a conference on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law last Friday, March 27, 2015 at the UST Graduate School Rooms 201 to 205.

The speaker in the said conference is Fr. Eliseo “Jun” Mercado Jr., OMI. Father Mercado served as the Director for Justice, Peace & Integrity of Creation (JPIC) for the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate (OMI) based in Rome from 2003-2006. As Congregational JPIC Director, he was also the Permanent Representative of the OMI to the United Nations (UN) as an Accredited NGO at the UN Department of Public Information and at the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), both in New York and Geneva.

The speaker divided his talk in three parts:

(1) An overview and highlights of the content of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL),

(2) The constitutional limitations of the BBL,

(3) The result of the congressional hearings and scenarios. Questions that were raised by the audience were answered by the speaker after each talk in an open forum.

The conference was attended by the JPCC/ JPIC promoters of Dominican Sisters, the Dominican student-brothers, some priests, some members of the UST Institute of Religion, some members of the Lay Dominican Fraternities, some faculty and staff of UST and members of other religious Orders.

Br. Gallardo Bombase Jr., OP, the JPCC promoter of the Dominican Province of the Philippines, gave the opening and closing remarks. In his message, he encouraged every participant to help in building better lives.

The conference ended with a Mass presided by Br. Gerard Francisco P. Timoner III, OP, Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines. In his homily he emphasized the importance of “befriending” in the pursuit of peace. He said, “We come in this conference because we long for peace… and we can only attain peace if we befriend each other.”

By Br. Paulo Sillonar, OP

 

(21 April 2015)