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Thursday, September 12, 2013
ISN'T it sad?
The foiled attempt of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) to raise its flag and declare its independence in Zamboanga City might be the last bullet of the rebel group to pressure the Aquino administration to recognize them as the sole and legitimate representative of the Bangsamoro people. They likewise wanted to be included in the peace process entered into by the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) which has been brokered by Malaysia to end the hostilities in Mindanao.
Honestly, said act did not create goose bumps, the fact that I had been expecting it, when I saw Nur Misuari, the leader of MNLF, a month before in national television, questioning the legality of the said peace process. In that news, he further claimed that the Bangsamoro people were no longer interested to be a part of the Philippines and that they were dropping the idea of autonomy in the ARMM (Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao) and that they will create their own Bangsamoro Republic.
The armed conflicts which happened lately in Mindanao were possibly the ambitious undertaking of the group to replicate the huge success of the rebels not only in Syria but also in the past in Libya and Iraq. As I write this column I am thinking of the hairline difference between heroes and rebels. If the struggle succeeds, the rebels will be called heroes and if they fail, they will be tagged as rebels. No one can tell what will happen in some future time but I believe our history will judge them anyway.
One of the reasons why rebels succeeded in Libya and Iraq and possibly will in the near future in Syria is the support of the foreign forces which are friendly to their causes in toppling down their own government, specifically the United States of America and its cohorts. Of course, these foreign governments will not be joining the domestic conflict if they believe the new administration will not cater their whims and caprices: They too have their own economic agenda. They want to advance their economic interests in crude oil and natural gas and they also need to showcase their military supremacy in the world.
As not to complicate the insurgency problem in the country, the Aquino administration should not allow the encroachment of foreign forces in our backyard specifically the struggle affecting the legitimacy of their (MNLF) aspiration to put up their own republic. The idea to get foreign support may be slim at this time, yet the administration should make sure to shy away foreign powers to meddle in our internal conflict for it might put our territorial integrity into jeopardy.
If we dissect the provision of the Revised Penal Code, it is crystal clear that Nur Misuari and his supporters would be liable for Rebellion. The presence of all elements constituting the said crime has been met when they stormed Zamboanga with the intent to raise their flag and declare its own independence, even they failed miserably to do what they intend to do because of the timely intervention of our police officers and military. It is simple logic, these rebels intend to remove their allegiance to the government or they intend to remove a portion of the territory from the government through public uprising. Isn’t rebellion?
The current administration must have the political will to put them behind bars. They should be indicted for the crime they have committed. However, what would you expect from this administration? They do not have even the balls to charge the Senators and Congressman who channelled their pork barrel to NGOs.
I did not give my vote to Joseph Estrada when he ran in the Presidential election but he gained my respect when he declared an all – out war against these rebels when he was still in office. The Aquino administration must copy what Estrada did in solving this current issue in Mindanao. The rebels should be crushed. They should not be tolerated in putting their own military camps, because I am pretty sure that if they have the number and the needed armaments they will still declare their own independence, thus undermining our territorial integrity in the future. Our government should also develop by all means our military power not just to cripple adventurism in the country but also to repel aggression by our bullying neighbors.
The government too must trigger economic engine in the countryside most especially in areas most affected by insurgency problems.However, we have to acknowledge the fact no one in his right mind will invest his money to these areas if security issues are not properly in place. The government must firs solve some security concerns for investment to follow.
What do you think are the reasons why there are insurgency issues in the Philippines? Why do they want to put up their own separate state? Isn’t it poverty? I was reminded of Sabah issue. By historical rights, Sabah belongs to the Philippines but in a referendum the people living there opted to be with Malaysia even they will be considered the poorest province of the said country than to be included as part of the Philippines.
Isn’t it sad?
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on September 12, 2013.