Sunday, February 19, 2012

smokes and mirrors

If the news report from the Manila Times dated 19 February 2012 is accurate, then we have a lot to worry about. It seems that this yellow administration has agreed to a proposal of the MILF to establish an autonomous (or federal might be the better word) region with its own chief minister and parliament, patterned from Malaysia's federal style of government. This author searched for the article mentioned in The Manila Times, and I found the article of the Oman Tribune in their website, dated 18 February 2012.

The article's title reads "Manila OKs plan for MILF Autonomy" and portions of the article said that “No less than His Excellency President Benigno Aquino 3rd agreed to the MILF proposal,” said Mohagher Iqbal, the head of the MILF panel, in his opening statement during the resumption of peace talks with the government in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Monday."

And if this humble blogger reads correctly the Oman Tribune Article, it seems there is more to the postponement of the ARMM elections than meets the eye. The reason of the Aquino Administration for postponing the elections now seem so trivial when one encounters another line in the Oman Tribune article which reads: Iqbal added the proposed government is to replace the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) which an Aquino Cabinet official has described as a “failed experiment” due to widespread and massive graft and corruption which benefited mainly its leaders and their followers. The article goes on to say that Marivic Leonen, Head of the Government Peace Panel was optimistic about the progress of the negotiations.

The plot thickens! Could it now be possible that the commotion caused by the impeachment trial of Chief Justice Corona is not merely just an act of vengeance but also a sort of smoke screen to divert the attention of the people while the yellow administration attempts to establish an MILF Federal Government in Mindanao? Could it be possible that Penoy is waving his left hand so that we might not see what the right is doing? Is evrything just smokes and mirrors?

We must become ever the more vigilant. We must continue to watch the impeachment trial of Chief Justice Corona because it is still something the yellow president likes to dip his hands into, and we must be ready to defend the independence of the judiciary at all costs, but we must now also watch our biggest island in the south, short of allowing Penoy to virtually give up the island of Mindanao to the MILF.

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