President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo said yesterday in a speech to businessmen:
If it would not adversely affect the Philippine negotiating position and provoke alarm among Christians, a pilot implementation of the envisioned Muslim ancestral domain regime shall be undertaken, to demonstrate our sincerity to achieve peace,” Ms Arroyo said.A Muslim homeland?? Oh! But please don't be alarmed! This is all for the sake of demonstrating our sincerity in seeking peace. As for the non-Muslims majorities that live in the coming new Bangsmorostan they will just have to live in dhimmitude I suppose. Now if we think South Korean immigrants are a problem, wait till "our partners in the peace process" start bringing in tourists from South Waziristan.
She said the government had declared many ancestral domains among indigenous peoples.
“I really don’t see why anybody should be scared if there is an ancestral domain declared for the Muslim people,” she added.
The issue of ancestral domain or territory is about the areas to be recognized as part of a Muslim homeland and which will be placed under a so-called Bangsamoro Juridical Entity (BJE), the probable name of the governing body of the new Moro homeland.
It is not clear how much autonomy the BJE will have. But the proposal is for the MILF to have full fiscal, political and religious authority in the BJE.
Hey what about a Christian homeland? A Buddhist homeland? A Jehovah's Witnesses homeland? A homeland for the El Shaddai? A homeland for Protestants, Methodists, Baptists, Presbyterians, Hindus, Seventh Day Adventists?
So this is how Al Hadj Murad, Eid Kabbalu and the MILF warlords are going to attain the same status of Sultan as Nur Misuari and the first bunch of pretenders to represent the Bangsamoro people. By being given modern encomiendas. Now if we think South Korean immigrants are a problem, wait till "our partners in the peace process" start bringing in tourists from South Waziristan.
Meanwhile, nine out of ten of the soldiers killed in an ambush August 7 in Maimbung, Sulu were Muslim recruits integrated into the Philippine Army from Jolo and Zamboanga and were former MNLF fighters. This was revealed yesterday by Chief of Staff Gen. Hermogenes Esperon during a Press Conference at Camp Aguinaldo. MNLF chairman Hashim Salamat and his Consigliere Atty. Firdausi Abbas confirmed on television that Maimbung was an ambush in revenge for the separate killing recently of a local MNLF functionary. I guess they really don't like it when mujahideen return to the folds of the Law and will just as soon murder Muslims as Christians or lumads.
But National Defense Secretary Gilbert Teodoro, Jr., and Chief of Staff General Hermogenes Esperon have obviously been given highly complex marching orders by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, judging by some of their comments at a Press Conference in Camp Aguinaldo on Monday. Namely to go hammer and tongs after "the Abu Sayyaf terrorists and lawless elements" in an "all out war without let-up" while vouchsafing, pre-exonerating and excluding from all LAW ENFORCEMENT efforts certain "partners of government in the peace process" namely the MNLF and MILF, one because of a past peace accord, and the other because of one in the offing.
Both were at great pains to describe the LIMITS of this so-called all-out war. They actually mouthed the words "collateral damage" which made all the evening newscasts and is still reverberating in Mass Media's Echo Chambers. But no one will mention the fact that in the recent spate of terrorist bus bombings, killing civilians and damaging public infrastructure is central to the terrorist goals, whose violence is indiscriminate as it is deadly. There is no collateral damage in a terrorist attack. It is all intentional.
No wonder young Bert Teodoro and Gen. Esperon looked like they hadn't slept for days, having just come back from the front lines in Basilan after the Philippine Military suffered its worst death toll at the hands of...surrealistically enough...the MILF first in Basilan on July 10 (14 dead, 10 beheaded), and then since August 7, another 27 Philippine Marines have been killed in clashes with the MNLF, the two "partners of government" in the "peace process."
Both of them looked like they hadn't slept for days, having just returned from Basilan and the front line in what Media describes as an "all out war" or a "government offensive".
But the sentence needs to be completed: it is an ALL-OUT WAR against the Abu Sayyaf, but the MNLF and the MILF are both exempted from the law enforcement operations EVEN IF both "Liberation Fronts" have openly admitted their hand in the ambush killings of the Marines in Basilan and Sulu. In fact, the MILF still claims (brags?) on its website that it actually killed 23 Marines on July 10 in Basilan, not 14 as the number of caskets at Fort Bonifacio subsequently attested. And I heard the MNLF chairman SAY that Maimbung, Sulu WAS an ambush in revenge for the killing of a local MNLF leader in an "encounter" recently.
Both the MILF's and MNLF's ambuscade-murders of uniformed Marines are surely just as HEINOUS-- as ASG's Scavenger-Beheadings--so why have the MNLF and MILF been granted a Get Out Of Jail Free card by the President herself??
How can there ever be Peace without Justice?