COTABATO CITY (Mabuhay) — President Benigno S. Aquino III attended Tuesday the thanksgiving mass in honor of Orlando Cardinal Quevedo recognizing his contribution to Central Mindanao’s peace and development.
In his message, the President particularly expressed his gratitude to the cardinal for his support to the Mindanao peace process that is expected to be signed late this month.
The President said Cardinal Quevedo became an inspiration for the Christian faith and for those doing volunteer works. He was admired by the people when he fought the dictatorship of former strongman Ferdinand Marcos, he noted.
Even after several decades of unwavering service, he has not changed his views and continues to persuade others to join and contribute for the benefit of society, the President said.
Cardinal Quevedo has given voice to the oppressed, rallied behind them and asked people to fight abuses, he added.
The administration is lucky to have peace advocates like Cardinal Quevedo that support the Bagngsamoro peace process, the President said. Quevedo advocated the benefits of forging a peace deal between the government and the MILF knowing the long-term effects of the peace pact.
”Kaisa natin siya sa paniniwalang sa tapat at mapayapang dayalogo, mawawakasan ang dekadekadang karahasan na umangkin sa maraming buhay at naging mitsa ng paghihirap ng ating mga kababayan,” the President said in his message.
“Sa pagtaas ng antas ng pamumuhay sa mga komunidad, sa pagsusulong ng mapayapang paglalahad ng damdamin at interes at pagpapatupad ng batas upang matiyak ang seguridad, tiwala tayong ang taumbayan na mismo ang sisigurong matatamasa natin ang malawakang kaunlaran.”
“Sinasalamin po ng mga gawain at inisyatiba ni Cardinal Quevedo na iisang direksyon lang ang ating tinatahak—ang higit na paglilingkod sa ating mga kababayan. Lumalakas po ang ating loob na ipagpatuloy ang ang agenda ng malawakang reporma dahil sa mga tulad po ninyo,” he added.
With the reforms being initiated in government, the President said the country has started to reap its benefits. And with the unity and cooperation among Filipinos, the nation could overcome whatever challenges that lie ahead.
Cardinal Quevedo, who was born in Laoag, Ilocos Norte on March 11, 1939, was ordained in October 1980 in Kidapawan, Cotabato. He initially started his primary education in Ilocos Norte before transferring to South Cotabato in the 1950s until he graduated from high school.
He was named cardinal by Pope Francis on January 14, 2014 and was elevated as cardinal on February 22 this year. (MNS)