Army reservist Guidicelli meets with Maguindanao youth, promotes peace and unity

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    FORT BONIFACIO, Metro Manila – Army reservist probationary 2nd Lt. Matteo Guidicelli meets the youth of Maguindanao to promote sustainable peace yesterday, May 28, 2019 at Datu Saudi Ampatuan, Maguindanao.

    During the Forum on the Role of Youth in Peace Building and Preventing/Countering Violent Extremism attended by about 500 participants, Guidicelli took a break from his preparation in his upcoming Leadership Development Course at the Scout Ranger Training School in Bulacan and flew all the way from Manila to Mindanao to encourage the youth to unite in attaining lasting peace.

    “Violence is not the key, violence is not the solution to anything,” said Guidicelli while recognizing the heartbreaking experiences of the people who witnessed innocent lives perish because of armed conflict.
    Although his management forbids him to go to certain areas, Guidicelli's military commitment enabled him to visit a conflict affected community in Mindanao. "It is an honor to be in this place, gusto ko ipakita sa ibang tao na, there are people here, there are people that need love here, there are people that need attention here. And with the help of the Armed Forces, they [the soldiers] are not just here to fight a war, they are here to make peace with the other people and really convince the people that we are one. Kapag nagsusuot kami ng uniform ng military, hindi naman ibig sabihin na pupunta lang kami sa giyera, ibig sabihin, we want to promote peace. Ako nandito bilang isang peace ambassador from the Philippine Army,” he added.

    Guidicelli also called on to the Filipino youth, particularly the participants from the municipalities of Datu Saudi Ampatuan, Shariff Saydona Mustafa, Mamasapano, Datu Salibo, and Datu Piang, to value the education that the government provides as they aspire to become successful and contribute to national peace and development in the future.

    "The Philippine Army recognizes the efforts of Matteo Guidicelli who volunteers his time and influence to spread the message of peace and unity among our people in support to preventing and countering violent extremism in the south. His spirit of volunteerism reflects the attitude of our soldiers who carry on their daily tasks in order to secure our people in all parts of the country," said the Army Commanding General Lt. Gen. Macairog S. Alberto.#

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