EBRAHIM Murad, Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) chair, said his group has amassed an arsenal with help from military gunrunners.

He warned he was prepared for war if peace talks with the government did not resume.

“If we are ready for peace, we are also ready for war,” he said.

Is President Noynoy “P-Noy” ready for a costly war in Mindanao this early in his presidency?

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Malacañang Palace spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said Murad’s war warning was “just posturing on their part.”

Murad’s claim of having at least 60,000 weapons and owning a factory and technology to make rocket-propelled grenades must be more than just saber-rattling.

But there’s still hope the doves would prevail over the hawks.


P-Noy’s first few presidential issuances have stirred the so-called hornet’s nest among government middle managers, specifically non-Career Executive Service Officials (non-Ceso) holding Career Executive Service positions in the executive department.

His advisers may have been rushing things up, perhaps unaware of the Bisaya word “hinay-hinay” for these kinds of things.

No one wants these few issuances to turn into how the Inquirer headlined an editorial, an “Executive disorder.”


Cebu Gov. Gwen Garcia has seen “light at the end of a long dark tunnel,” hinting at a possible reconciliation between Capitol and City Hall under Mayor Mike Rama’s leadership.

This could pave the way for a resumption of negotiations on city residents living on province-owned lots covered by Provincial Ordinance 93-1 and Capitol’s botched Ciudad project.

But Gov. Gwen said City Hall should first remove the “disrespectful” “Dim your lights” signage at the South Road Properties before the resumption of talks.

In other words, there would be no light at the end of the tunnel if the “Dim your lights” signage is still up.