“We need a national leader who can heal the wounds of society”

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This was common sentiment of Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Spokesperson General Restituto Padilla, Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines – Episcopal Committee on Basic Ecclesial Communities Executive Secretary Rev. Fr. Amado Picardal, and Atty. Anna Tarhata Basman, Legal Team Head for the Government of the Philippines (GPH) Peace Panel for the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) during the third Veritas Servant Leadership Halalan Forum 2016.

“Madaling maghiganti, madaling mag-instigate ng violence, pero yung magtrabaho para manghilom, gamutin lahat nang nangyari nung araw ay isang matagal na proseso, pero kung ikaw ay sinsero ay kaya mong gawin,” Gen. Padilla said during the Radio Veritas-organized forum that focuses on the qualities of a good servant leader.

The AFP Spokesperson also explained that no matter how long the healing process would be, it is still possible to happen if the politician is really committed to it.

“Unang-una, yung lider kailangang matutong makinig, kailangan ibukas niya ang kanyang kalooban, ang kanyang tainga na pakinggan ang mga hinanaing ng mga tao.Pangalawa, yung empathy, yung naririnig niya, kailangan maipasok niya sa loob niya iyon… Ang ikatlo, dapat tukuyin niya ang daan sa healing. Gaano man katagal itong i-take, kailangan committed siya dun sa proseso,” Padilla added.

For Rev. Fr. Amado Picardal, a full understanding of the causes of the conflicts in our country is one way on how a politician can start to heal the wounds of the society.

“There are historical roots for the conflicts that we have to understand. A leader must be able to understand, ano ba ang sanhi ng sugat?,” Fr. Picardal explained.

He also added that reconciliation can be made if we look into the people’s common grounds, and that as Filipinos, we are brothers and sisters.

“It is important to admit that we are brothers and sisters, magkakababayan tayo, magkakapatid tayo, because once we do not acknowledge that, mahirap talaga. Para sa Christian settlers it is the land of promise, para sa mga Muslim at Lumads it is their ancestral land. We have to begin with the common ground, Pilipino tayong lahat, magkakapatid tayo,” Fr. Picardal said.

As representative of a minority group, Atty. Basman on her part said that transitional justice and reconciliation is the most important part of the Comprehensive Agreement on Bangsamoro.

“Ang transitional justice, ang kailangan lang siguro ay marinig yung kwento, masabi nila yung kanila namang side… huwag ipagsawalang bahala na may mga ganitong pangyayari. Tapos siguro yung pag-amin at pagpapatawad. Hindi kelangang may makulong, may mamatay, may magbayad ng salapi pero yung maproseso ang nararamdaman ng isa’tisa,” said Atty. Busman.

She also added that the success of the implementation of the Comprehensive Agreement on Bangsamoro (CAB) for peace and reconciliation would depend on the understanding of the leader towards the situation.

“Personally po, para sa akin, hindi kailangang all out support sa BBL lalo na kung hindi lubos na naiintindihan. Kung ang all out na pagsuporta sa BBL ay dahil sa sinabi ng mga botante sa Mindanao, sa tingin ko mahihirapan tayo kung naipasa iyan pero hindi maiimplement ng maayos dahil wala ng pag-intindi kung bakit ba iyan ay ipinaglalaban. Sa akin importante ang pag-intindi sa kung bakit ba nagkaroon ng giyera, kung bakit tayo nakarating dito at paano natin masusulusyunan,” Atty. Busman explained.

In their concluding message, Gen. Padilla, Fr. Picardal and Atty. Busman described their ideal national leader that our country needs.

“Bilang kasapi ng hukbong sandatahan, ang aming hinihiling ay sana sa pamimili ninyo, i-consider ninyo iyong mga karapat-dapat sa pwesto. Sana sa pamimili ng iboboto, tingnan natin kung naisusulong ang katotohanan at interes ng karamihan at kung ang taong ito ay may track record kung siya ay may takot sa Diyos.” Gen. Padilla stressed.

Fr. Picardal left an important question that should guide the electorate in voting for the coming election.

“Itong bang leader naito ay makakatulong sa paghilom ng wounds, sa mgas ugat sa Pilipinas o dahilan para lumala pa ang mga ito?”, Fr. Picardal asked.

Atty. Busman said in his concluding message that we as member of the voting public, should not just look on what kind of person a particular candidate is, we should also look into ourselves if we reach out to others.

“Sa pagpili ng lider, dapat hindi siya divisive. Ang klase ng leader nakailangan ng ating bansa, dapat hindi siya nagpapadala sa kung ano iyung gusting marinig ng mga tao, kundi anu ba yung mas makakabuti para sa mas nakakarami. Hindi rin dapat tayo tutumitigil sa pagtingin sa pagkatao ng mga kandidato, tingnan din natin ang ating sarili, kung lahat tayo ay reaching out to everybody in our very diverse nation magandang step ito para umunlad ang ating bansa,” Atty. Busman said.

Radio Veritas 846 is to air the fourth Veritas Servant Leadership Halalan Forum 2016 on Friday, March 18, 2016. The panelists for the fourth forum include Bro. Narciso Erguiza, FSC, President of the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP) and Prof. Antonio Torralba, Associate Professor of College of Arts and Sciences and Member of the Board of Trustees, University of Asia and the Pacific and Professional Chair on Family and Youth Education. They will talk about the fourth quality of a servant leader which is Awareness (Mayroon siyang sapat na kaalaman at karanasan para sa posisyon na nasa salamin sa talaan ng mga naisakatuparang mga programa sa mga nakaraang tungkulin).

The Veritas Servant Leadership Halalan Forum 2016 is a Radio Veritas special election forum series that will focus on the 10 qualities of a servant leader that should be the gauge for the voters in choosing their candidates.

These 10 qualities include listening, empathy, healing, awareness, persuasion, conceptualization, foresight, stewardship, commitment to the growth of the people, and building community.

Veritas Servant Leadership Halalan Forum 2016 can also be followed through live video streaming at www.veritas846.ph, and will have a delayed telecast at TV Maria aired on Dream Satellite’s Channel 12, Sky Cable’s Channel 160, and Global Destiny’s Channel 91.

Radio Veritas 846 is owned and operated by the Archdiocese of Manila. Established in 1969, the Ramon Magsaysay Award recipient Catholic radio station continues to be the leading social communications ministry for truth and evangelization in the country today.

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Rev. Fr. Anton CT Pascual

Rev. Fr. Anton CT Pascual

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