Monday, August 25, 2008

Maam's new MILF policy

From Ellen Tordesillas:

Last Thursday, Gloria Arroyo, in her speech at the 2nd Philippine International Motor Show at the World Trade Center, announced a policy shift towards the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, with whom her administration had forged an agreement for the creation of a Bangsamoro homeland that would include the Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao and more than 700 barangays from North Cotabato, Zamboanga City and Palawan.

She announced this supposed policy shift a few days after hostilities in North Cotabaro and Lanao del Norte that left more than 30 dead and some 70,000 homeless .

Arroyo said:“Our engagements with all armed groups shall be about disarmament, demobilization and rehabilitation or DDR. From negotiations, our focus shall shift to dialogues with the communities, or government conducting authentic conversations or dialogues with the people.”

She should have done it a long time ago, and not waste time negotiating with the MILF, kung ganito rin ang outcome. Erap was on it's way to disarming the terror group and rebuilding the areas affected by the war when edsa dos showed up and sidetracked the plan.

More commentary: But it is amazing that while the MILF terror group are usually the bad guys, in this MOA-AD issue, it was Arroyo admin who were acting insincere and in bad faith. Why insincere? They (especially Arroyo) did not even bother to put up even a robust defense of the deal they helped crafting. Parang ginawa lang nilang trial balloon ito, na mabilis bawiin at the smallest hint of dissent. The Arroyo admin duped everybody--including the international community on it's sincerity in pushing for this agreement.

I won't be surprised if an intifada arises out in Mindanao. thanks gma.

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