The death of Ghazali Jaafar made the Philippines a “poorer nation,” having lost not only an astute intellect but also a committed heart.
Senate Majority Leader Migz Zubiri made the remark following the demise of Jaafar Wednesday morning in Davao due to illness.
He said the Senate joined the family of Jaafar, Bangsamoro Transition Commission chairman, in hailing his life of courage, honor, and nobility.
Jaafar, 75, was also vice chairman of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).
“Though his passing leaves an aching hollow, we will always remember him, as his life’s work has interminably changed the course of Mindanao’s history, and the nation at large,” Zubiri said.
He noted that Jaafar “dedicated his strength, intelligence, and soul to freeing the Bangsamoro people from the strife that history has bestowed on Mindanao.”
“He consistently extended his hand of conciliation and brotherhood to fellow Muslims—more so, to fellow Filipinos during the course of the Bangsamoro struggle,” Zubiri said.
Jaafar’s efforts, according to him, contributed greatly to achieving unity among factions of fellow Muslim brothers.
“He has earned the admiration and respect of allies and adversaries because he has always stood for his dream of bringing forth a Bangsamoro where godliness, liberty, progress, and peace will reign forever,” he said.
“We shall always remember him for giving us the privilege of working with him to craft the historical Bangsamoro Organic Law as one of the important pillars of a truly autonomous Bangsamoro,” he said.
“On a personal note, I feel truly grateful that I had the chance to work alongside Chairman Jaafar, whose brilliance and passion will stay with me forever,” Zubiri added.