Posts Tagged ‘Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters’

I am getting tired of all the news about what happened in Maguindanao last January 25, 2015. I have watched the Senate and Congress’ hearings since Monday, watched the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) spokesperson Iqbal still denying that it was the MILF who did the massacre on the 44 Special Armed Forces of our Philippine National Police. I watched the video uploaded by a heartless person showing someone who fired his gun at close range at a hapless SAF member who was on the ground fighting for his life.

What more do you need? Iqbal says that the Bangsamoro is not part of the Philippines  and yet asking the government to sign the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL)for the former’s benefits, then the Philippines would be called their mother country. He said that the MILF group would remain revolutionary until the BBL is signed.  Oh yes, as I understand only for the benefit of the MILF, initially to the tune of  P70B (that is spelled 70 billion pesos) to be shouldered by the Filipino taxpayers. Are they crazy? Are our government negotiators acting in favor of the revolutionary movement? And if the BBL would be signed into law, what then? How can we be sure that they would lay down their arms once its done?  I think  it is detrimental to the whole country allowing these groups to rule Mindanao. If they consider themselves Filipinos, they should abide by it, pay their taxes,  work the land they are claiming to be theirs and not part of the Philippines.They have the means to buy arms but they ask the government to help them just like that? They do not want to be called terrorists but they are doing otherwise.

You are talking of peace but  we are  seeking justice for our SAF heroes.  How can you talk of peace when you are pointing your guns at us? How can you talk of peace when you are violating a basic human right to live?  If my small voice could be heard, all I want to say is this, “lay down your arms first then let us talk of peace”.

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I am glad my camera was finally fixed though I have to pay for an expensive labor service. They changed the memory card reader and I had to wait for almost half a day yesterday to have it done.  Hopefully, it would last until I am ready and able to buy a new one.  I tried taking shots of the Holland blooms at Gateway Mall, they are just so lovely but I can’t identify most of them. A flower arrangement costs from P1,000.00 to P1,200.00. Expensive isn’t it? It’s Valentine’s day in a few days and I think just like they celebrate Christmas here, some people celebrate it with panache and aplomb. Me, I am the practical one and don’t really celebrate the event. I’d rather have a lasting gift to cherish than flowers that fade in two or three days. I prefer flowers in a garden or fresh green shoots that I could add to the sparse flowering shrubs here. I am such a kill joy but I love  a garden of blooms more than picked flowers.

It’s that kind of morning where I was glued again to the television screen watching the initial hearing at the Senate on the Mamasapano clash between the Special Action Force of the PNP and the MILF  (Moro Islamic Liberation Front) guerillas and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters. It resulted in the death of 44 SAF men who were brutally killed despite the fact that the government and the MILF are presently in the peace negotiation process. We are under the belief that the SAF group  killed Marwan, a Malaysian who was one of the FBI most wanted terrorists with a $5M dollars reward on his head, a maker of bombs being used by terrorists worldwide. According to news report,  the FBI has confirmed that his DNA matches with the DNA of his brother who is in prison in the US. One question that plays in my mind is this,  is the MILF really sincere in the peace negotiation? Why do they have to mutilate the bodies of the SAF soldiers, take their guns and even personal effects like cellphones to the point of even calling wives of the fallen SAF members telling them not to call their husbands anymore because they are dead?. Why is the MILF cuddling such  terrorist in their midst? Come to think of it,this world is not safe anymore for our growing kids.

We are for peace in Mindanao. The Philippine government is for peace but at what cost will we have to stretch our hands so peace could be attained without shedding blood in the process? I wonder if the Bangsamoro Basic Law which is still to be passed will have a positive effect on the peace negotiation. I wonder if it will just be used by the MILF, the MNLF and the BIFF to further their dreams of an autonomous Mindanao. What about the peace-loving citizens and fellow Filipinos who do not want war at all cost?

There will be more hearings and investigations on what happened in Mamasapano, Maguindanao.  Life is precious  and achieving peace may still be out of reach. Enough of the coffee-table conjectures and unsolicited advises from well-meaning citizens who don’t know where to connect point A to point B. Let us all pray that the peace process will work out in the end. Let there be ONE NATION, ONE GOVERNMENT, ONE FLAG.



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