By JULMUNIR I. JANNARAL
Minister Dickson P. Hermoso, chief of the Ministry of Transportation and Communications in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (MOTC-BARMM) has paid tribute to the fallen Bangsamoro peace activist Ustadz Aga Khan “Bin Laden” Sharief of Marawi City and Lanao del Sur.
Hermoso said “I would like to pay tribute to my friend, Uztadz Aga Khan Sharief of Marawi City to his service to God and to the people.”
“Bin Laden,” as Aga Khan is popularly known, died recently and many of his relatives and friends have mourned his demise because of his socio civic activities that helped a lot of people not only in his native Marawi City but as well as to other people in the Bangsamoro region.
According to Hermoso, “Bin Laden was our Local Monitoring Team (LMT) member in the Lanao del Sur (LDS) area who closely monitored the implemetation of the Government of the Philippines and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (GPH-MILF) ceasefire agreement from year 2000 onwards.”
Hermoso recalled that “Bin Laden played a vital role as our catalyst to the Maute brothers in informing them of the military’s unilateral ceasefire (2-4 hours) for reciprocity so that the “GPH-MILF Peace Corridor” can recover trapped civilians in ground zero during the Marawi seige.”
He said as a result, 255 trapped civilians were brought to safety who were mostly weak and some were already wounded.
“Thank you Uztadz Aga Khan Sharief a.k.a. Osama bin Laden for your service to God and the people of Marawi City and Lanao del Sur,” the minister said.
“My sincerest condolences to the bereaved family. Inna lillahi wa inna ilaihi raji’un,” Hermoso condoled. JULMUNIR I. JANNARAL