hat happened in Mamasapano,
Maguindanao on January 25 is a "game changer"—make no mistake about it.
Reality as we saw it before this event is not the reality we see
now...everything is different; everything has "changed.
When the Philippine National Police's (PNP) elite team known as the Special
Action Force or SAF set out to arrest Zulkifli bin Hir alias Marwan, it had
actionable intelligence that the Malaysian fugitive was hiding in the town
of Mamasapano. Marwan, an expert bomb maker, is a core member of the terrorist
group Jemaah Islamiyah. He also has a USD 5 million bounty on his head as
one of the FBI's Most Wanted Terrorists.
When law enforcement has "actionable intelligence" like the SAF had, moving
quickly and discretely is a must. If SAF commanders held off until everyone
was informed of their operation, Marwan could have been long gone by the
time they reach his hideout. Worse yet, the more people that know about the
operation, the more likely Marwan and his group could get wind of it.
So now you have a situation where a legitimate government authority like the
PNP-SAF whose charter encompasses the entire Philippines cannot freely go into
certain areas of the country without the express knowledge and permission of
local entities like the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) who are
themselves well-armed and ready to stop even a legitimate government
authority like the national police.
Such a situation would be almost unheard of in most countries but apparently
not in the Philippines where the NPA, MNLF, MILF, BIFF, Abu Sayyaff and all
manner of armed bandits have carved out their own little fiefdoms and
rule over them without regard for the national government. If the
Philippines allows this situation, which has been going on for decades, to
continue, it will find that areas under its control will continue to shrink
until the country eventually breaks apart like Yugoslavia.
In the first place if one seriously thinks about it, there really is no need
for a separate Bangsmoro entity. All Muslim demands can already be met by
the country's current political framework. There is no need to create
something new and different just for Maguindanao. Besides, a nation should
have one set of rules that apply to everyone. Is the MILF saying that
Muslims are so different they simply cannot comply with Philippine rules and
thus need to create their own?
President Benigno Aquino III might not
realize this but it has become
abundantly clear that the establishment of the Bangsamoro is just the first
step of a long-term secession strategy that Muslim groups have been planning
all along. Their ultimate goal revealed itself last Sunday when the MILF
slaughtered 44 police officers who were conducting an operation they were
duly authorized to conduct.
After just recently concluding a peace agreement with the Philippine Government,
the massacre on January 25 proves that the MILF: (a) is still on a war
footing despite its peace agreement; (b) has not laid down its arms, nor does it ever intend to
do so; (c)
does not see the national government as a partner but instead as the enemy;
(d) will do as it pleases inside its "own" territory; and (e) wants all
entities—including the national government—to seek its permission first
before entering or operating it its area.
Aquino earlier dubbed the massacre a "mis-encounter." Most people will point
to the fact that in this age of instantaneous communications, there can be
no such thing as a 12-hour mis-encounter. This was a deliberate and sustained
attack with the aim of finishing off or killing the entire SAF contingent in
If the MILF can do what it did even without a Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) in
place, you can imagine how much more emboldened they will behave once they
have their Bangsamoro in place. They will quickly turn it into their own fiefdom and
eventually into their own country. The true aim of the MILF, MNLF, BIFF, Abu
Sayyaff, Jemaah Islamiyah, and all other Muslim separatist groups finally
reared its ugly head very clearly for everyone to see on Sunday in
Mamasapano. They hold absolutely no allegiance to the Philippine government.
They will go through the motions of working with the government to attain
greater and greater autonomy until such time as they can separate completely
from this country and establish a state all of their own.
Those who continue to
advocate for the creation of the Bangsamoro need only look back to 1938 when
then British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain signed a peace agreement
with Adolph Hitler. His Munich Accord even offered Hitler concessions in the
hope that it would halt Nazi aggression. It didn't, and many historians
today believe Chamberlain's actions actually did more harm than good.
Aquino has to see the Bangsamoro for what it truly is and put a stop to it
now, before it is too late. Otherwise, sometime in the distant future,
Filipinos might know him as "that clueless and stupid president who gave
away Mindanao." That is an awful legacy to have, especially since his father
was the great patriot Ninoy Aquino Jr.
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City/State/Country: Clark, NV
IP Address: 18.104.22.168
If peace with Islamic terrorists is attainable through talks, Israel would have achieved this a long time ago. There is not peace to be had with people who's holy book commands the killing of unbelievers and espouses violence to achieve their goals.
City/State/Country: TARLAC CITY
IP Address: 22.214.171.124
This thing about BBL is a TOTAL SELL OUT. And for the price of getting nominated for the Nobel World Peace award -and now, with an added Costs to the lives of these 44 SAF-PnP men who were sacrificed for this agenda. What a Hypocritical Imbecile Gov't does RP is being run by this Idiotic sitting president????? The whole Sabah claim by the Philippines has been sold to Malaysia by the Aquinos, do they have to sell the integrity of the country to appease to a particular Moro entity??? Provide a genuine voice in the Gov't for the Muslim brothers in the South, NOT an autonomous Republic.
Name: antonio reyes
City/State/Country: cainta, rizal
IP Address: 126.96.36.199
The slaughter on
Mindanao, is a huge black eye for so many people and organizations in this country, from the top of the government , top of police, top of military down to and including the middle officers. The training was a total waste of tax payers money; the operation was a bigger waste to satisfy a few greedy people at the top at the cost of 44 plus police officers who were poorly trained, poorly led and are now just a memory,,,,,,,,,,,,damn shame.
IP Address: 188.8.131.52
Aquino is obviously clueless as to what these Muslims really want or how to deal with them. Regardless of what they call themselves their purpose is the same - Secession. If the death of these soldiers was not the result of a "misencounter" then the army has been had. They were given false intelligence crafted to trap them into a deadly ambush. Al Queda does it all the time. Whichever it is it shows a tremendous amount of incompetence on the part of the military and as Commander-in-Chief, on the part of Aquino. This is one terrible massacre that will UNDO every credit given to Aquino for good work. He can really kiss Malacañang goodbye this time. He cannot retire soon enough.
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