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Dárlán Páléncìá Bárcélón

 

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“The conflict in Marawi City has shattered the ego of the Bangsamoro people in their quest for a just and lasting peace in Mindanao as it stripped away the possibilities of attaining self-determination in the perspective of authentic Bangsamoro self-rule in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

Today, peace becomes a formidable challenge for the civilized Bangsamoro people to find a solution and an ultimate test to their sincerity to be humane and determined to reject violence that is being imposed by the Maute Brothers upon the people of Marawi – that indeed Islam is a religion of love and the essential of this religious practice is the complete submission to Allah” – Mohammad Yusoph bin Abdillah

Lady Village Chief in Red Hi·jab. Punong Barangay Preciocisima Benosa –Tanggo of Rawis, San Miguel Island, Tabaco City www.philexaminer.com

Lady Village Chief in Red Hi·jab. Punong Barangay Preciocisima Benosa –Tanggo of Rawis, San Miguel Island, Tabaco City www.philexaminer.com

Punong Barangay Preciocisima Benosa –Tanggo has expressed her fervent wish on Sunday that the people of Marawi City could be spared from further violence and start building their lives in peace, all over again.

The 50 years old Punong Barangay [village chief] of Barangay Rawis, San Miguel Island, Tabaco City has issued her own message of peace on the celebration of Eid al-Fitr– that the group responsible in the raging conflict in Marawi City should not only show their religion by words, but in deeds.

“Like with some of the Christians, Muslims in Mindanao must practice the faith  as Islam aims to build a society in peace, serenity, friendship, collaboration, altruism, justice, and virtue,” Tanggo explained.

She admitted that they too, is among the victim of the lawlessnesness happening in Marawi  as their home in Marawi City was also destroyed since the siege of Marawi started, that is why I can commiserate  to the hardship of the people there, particularly those who are staying in their temporary shelters in the evacuation centers outside the city.

Tanggo who is currently sitting as the Liga President of Liga ng mga Barangay, represents the league in the Sangguniang Panglungsod of Tabaco City as an ex-officio member, is a native of Barangay Rawis.

She is the first Muslim woman to represent Liga ng mga Barangay in the local City legislature in the province of Albay – and is happily married to her husband, Isa Tanggo from Marawi City in 1988, and blessed with three children.

The Private Masjid owned by Tanggo family on the beachfront in Barangay Rawis, San Miguel Island, Tabaco City. www.philexaminer.com

The Private Masjid owned by Tanggo family on the beachfront in Barangay Rawis, San Miguel Island, Tabaco City. www.philexaminer.com

She confided that serving her religion, family and community is both challenging and fulfilling, because I am deeply inclined in time management.

“I am more focused on all my activities that will going to attain my inner peace and what is more important to me is the preparation for the after life, because I believe that my salvation is in Islam,” Tanggo confessed.

The Tanggo family residence is built on the beachfront of Barangay Rawis facing the majestic Mayon volcano and the Port of Tabaco City with a small Masjid where they perform their obligatory prayers, called Salat including Jumu’ah or “Friday prayer”;