Bishop Orlando Quevedo, Cardinal of the city of Cotabato
"This referendum for the autonomy of Bangsamoro (Homeland of Moros Muslims, Ed) is historic because it helps to consolidate peace between the government and the former rebels of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. Their implementation is a challenge, not only for the former rebels, who are supposed to ensure the political transition, but also for religious minorities, such as the Christians of Mindanao, who will be able to sit in the future parliament. More moderate but also more explicit than the previous texts, the law promulgated by President Rodrigo Duterte for the creation of a new autonomous Muslim region guarantees freedom of religion, without jeopardizing the right to self-determination for Moros Muslims. "
Collected by Marianne Dardard