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21 AUGUST 2000. VOLUME 32. NUMBER 13. 4 PAGES_ 

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La Salle rallies for peace

On the occasion of the 17th death anniversary of Senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino, Jr., De La Salle University-Manila will join a concerted effort to call for the cessation of hostilities in Mindanao. Through the initiatives of the DLSU System and the Inter-University Caucus for Mindanao Peace and Development, a white rally for peace will be held today, 3:30-6:15 p.m. at the different campuses of member schools of the Inter-Institution Consortium.

The activity, which launches the series of initiatives in line with the institution’s advocacy for peace in Mindanao, aims to raise the level of consciousness of community members on the situation of the southern provinces.

The program will kick off with the DLSU Pep Squad’s invitation to the students to participate in the rally. This will be followed by the mini rally at the Amphitheater. 

Abraham Iribani, former Moro National Liberation Front spokesperson, and Glenda Gloria, journalist from the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism, will speak on the Mindanao situation.

The different sectors of the University will give their statements and DLSU System President Brother Rolando Dizon, FSC will present the University stand on the peace problem.

At 5:15 p.m., the white rally will be launched as participants tie a white ribbon around the next person’s arm to symbolize the responsibility towards our fellow Filipino.

Simulatenously, participants will be asked to sign a streamer to signify their support for a peaceful resolution to the in-fighting.

After this, a candle lighting ceremony will be held from 5:30 to 5:45 p.m. An ecumenical prayer which will be led by the Lasallian Pastoral Office will be said at 5:45 p.m.

The participants will then proceed to Taft Avenue and stand vigil while holding candles. The Pep Squad will close the activity by “calling in” all participants.

The Center for Social Concern and Action will provide the white ribbon and the candles.

The activity may be considered an alternative class. For further information, contact COSCA at locals 147 and 417. 

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