Hashim Salamat, Eid Kabbalu and the rest of the MILF ambuscading beheaders won't soon become the ruling potentates of a Muslim Juridical Entity in Mindanao after it was patiently explained to Jess Dureza and the peace processors that there is a small problem with Oplan Bangsamorostan to turn Mindanao into a "Muslim" homeland as Gloria's "peace legacy."
It's called the Philippine Constitution!
Like everyone else with an axe to grind against History and the Treaty of Paris of 1898, they will just have to work within the framework of our constitutional democracy. Both sides.
Fitting that it was Jess Dureza who had to eat crow and announce the change of strategy. The Palace is taking Mindanao Peace Process hostage and threatens to kill it unless we all stand up and dance La Chacha Via Moro Moro!It's actually the right way to go. Philippine territorial integrity cannot possibly be bargained away in "peace talks" with organized warlords bearing axes under their turbans in places like Kuala Lumpur. Over fifty Marines were killed by the MILF-ASG-MNLF in 2007 in deadly clashes over territories claimed by the insurgents as "theirs" including Tipo-tipo, Basilan.
It is time for the Senate and House to investigate those ambush-beheadings last year, and the suspicious role played by Jess Dureza, and Generals Rodolfo Garcia and Ben Muhammad Dolorfino in suppressing arrest warrants and military and police actions seeking to arrest the killers of 14 Marines who also beheaded and desecrated them.
These investigations should happen BEFORE the convening of a Constituent Assembly to set up Afghanistan in Mindanao and give Jemaah Islamiyah/Al Qaeda/AbuSayyaf a nice new Homeland. And of course there must be a PLEBISCITE to ratify any change to the Constitution of this sort.
Otherwise, I welcome the new proposal of the administration to allow Congress to tackle this problem. The issues are too big (oh okay, transcendental) to be handled by mere "Peace Talks". Let the proponents explain why we should allow a theocratic Federal State within our constitutional democracy. Why should the "Muslims" have a homeland and the Atheists and Jehovah's Witnesses and Roman Catholics, none? And who really are the INDIGENOUS peoples of the Philippines?
God Save the Constitution!
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