Creating new enemies
THE Aquino administration must have been excessively triumphant over the framework agreement it forged with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and it shouldn’t be blamed for such show of ecstasy as it only wants to obtain that elusive “lasting peace” most of us have been dreaming about in Mindanao.
As everybody else is focused on the newly proposed political entity called Bangsamoro, which intends to replace the existing Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) without the need to amend the 1987 Constitution, there seems to be no more hitches.
But wait, this early, Nur Misuari’s Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), sensing it was left behind, back-stabbed or hasn’t been consulted prior to the formulation of the agreement, wants its presence felt.
Reports had it that the MNLF, which used to be the influential Muslim secessionist group as shown by the peace accord it signed in 1996 at the time of the Ramos administration that saw ARMM’s birth, “would do anything” as it warns major troubles ahead.
“Instead of solving, this will plunge Mindanao to another war that the Philippine government cannot afford to have at this time,” Misuari has been quoted as saying as he declares that MNLF members have re-mained “alive and kicking.”
Then here comes the break-away group, the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Movement (BIFM), which has already been showing its strength even before the forging of the pact and is reportedly not keen on supporting it since, it believes, it was made to appease the MILF though the parties concerned (government and MILF) were in unison that the agreement was designed for the entire Muslim people or they say “inclusive of everybody.”
Whatever, the government is just on the right direction in searching for that ever evasive peace in the Muslim-dominated region.
All stakeholders should just have to give it a chance, otherwise, we can never the see light of day, all is darkness that’s not doing any good to the impoverished Muslim people over the years and the years to come. Just one question: Should the plebiscite for the purpose be made only in Bangsamoro territories or nationwide since the matter is of national interest?
NCRPO vs Alferez Rob Gang
The National Capital Region Police Office is quick to react following intelligence reports that members of the Alferez Robbery gang, the break-away group from the Ozamiz Robbery Gang, are out to carry out armed robberies in the metropolis as Christmas season nears.
NCRPO director Chief Supt. Leonardo Espina had his five district directors to be extra-vigilant against the possible entry of the group after its members were monitored leaving Zamboanga en route to Metro Manila. Said to be responsible in the violent robberies at the Alabang Town Center in Muntinlupa, Robinsons Galleria in Quezon City and Robinsons Metro East mall in Pasig City early this year, the Alferez Gang is armed and highly dangerous.
Police visibility must be intensified in malls and other commercial centers where jewelry shops, moneychanger shops and banks are located.