Speaking of which, the secessionist Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) website proclaims the recent escape of 48 inmates from the North Cotabato Provincial Jail as "a daring rescue operation" by the Pentagon kidnap for ransom gang led personally by Tahir Alonto, who was thought to have been killed in 2001.
Meanwhile, l'Affaire Dolorfino reached a new heights of absurdity Tuesday. First, the so-called peace negotiator, Muslim convert Maj. Gen Ben Muhammad Dolorfino, who also happens to be the National Capitol Region Commander, admitted to the Congress Commission on Appointments that he and 24 other high ranking government and military officers, were in fact hostaged and not just hosted by the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) over the past weekend and had to pay P450,000 in "assistance" to nine MNLF gun men killed in a "misencounter" last January 18. Then Ustadz Malik of the MNLF gang that illegally detained them has called for the resignation of Jesus Dureza, head honcho of the Mindanao peace process, for saying the gov't had its confidence shaken in the MNLF, even as Gen. Dolorfino continued to rationalize and justify the incident by saying that though they were "hostaged" they were never disarmed by their captors. The remarks of Anna de Brux (Hillblogger3) in the Comment Thread yesterday are worth quoting in full--
HILLBLOGGER said...In a related development, Lt. Sg. Antonio Trillanes IV, leader of the Magdalo group of army officers who mutineed against high level corruption in the Military in 2003, has filed his Certificate of Candidacy for the Philippine Senate. I think his case must be carefully distinguished from that of Gringo Honasan, also under arrest for rebellion in the matter of the Oakwood Mutiny, who will also be running for the Senate. I hope Trillanes makes it, but not Gringo. Trillanes has a real cause which I think Gringo is only exploiting for his own aggrandizement.
Conrado de Quiros demonstrates yet again how little he understands the problem of terrorism and national security in his column today, in which he repeats various fallacious arguments against the Anti-terror Bill, which all these years just passed the Senate on 2nd reading yesterday. In a run up to an upcoming and to-be expected ululation on national sovereignty as a result of the Supreme Court's junking of a suit filed by Nicole's lawyers who, like him, who are exploiting the Subic Bay Rape Case for ideological purposes and want the Visiting Forces Agreement between the Philippines and the US abrogated. The Lynch Mobs led by him and Rina Jimenez David are surely going to be disappointed by the Court's substantial upholding of its own earlier decision on the constitutionality of the VFA in Bayan v. Zamora.
Previous posts on the VFA and Subic Rape stories are:
Has Daniel Smith Lost the Presumption of Innocence?
Labels and Lackeys, Leftists and Landmines
What Nicole Doesn't Know
Oh by the way here is some breaking news about an aneurysm suffered by Chavit Singson
The article is interesting for the new way of describing Edsa Dos (in which Chavit was a main player)--"a four day bloodless revolt" [sic!]. In a related development, lawyer Alan Paguia has filed a case with the Supreme Court (certiorari) questioning the appointment of judicial putschist Hilario G. Davide Jr. as UN rep.