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New Mindanao war erupts


LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… My people, your officials lead you astray; they turn you from the path…” (Isaiah 3:12, the Holy Bible).

MNLF ATTACKS ZAMBOANGA CITY, 2 DEAD: Now that the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) is on an offensive once again in Mindanao as shown by its early Monday morning (September 09, 2013) attack in Zamboanga City where two men—a policeman and a civilian—were reported killed, I wonder what kind of a reaction the Aquino government will make.

I mean, the Aquino government has been repeatedly told before that its strategy of focusing its peace efforts towards just one group alone, ignoring all others, especially the MNLF which already has signed a peace agreement in 1996, will not yield real peace, but will only aggravate and worsen the conflict in Southern Philippines all the more.

Now that these warnings have come true and more conflicts—and therefore more deaths and destruction among our countrymen in the area—are occurring once again, and are proving to be beyond the control of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), all the hype about peace in Mindanao being attained under the second Aquino government are now going down the drain. What a waste really, but the Aquino government cannot blame anyone else for this fiasco but itself!

NEW MINDANAO WAR ERUPTS: Indeed, the question that is begging to be answered in the Aquino government’s handling of the peace process in Mindanao is this: why did it choose to strike peace with just one group? The example of the MNLF peace accord should have already taught the Aquino government the folly of negotiating and signing a peace agreement with just one group alone.

Did not a big group of MNLF warriors bolt out of it, soon after the MNLF peace accord was signed, simply because that bolting group thought it was left out in the agreement? Did not that group wage its own deadly war against the government after that?

Indeed, these are too plain and too evident to see, and yet, why did the government of President Aquino refuse to take it into account in its peace efforts after 2010? Now, a new Mindanao war is erupting, and it appears not only that there is no immediate solution in sight but that, real and lasting peace will no longer be possible under President Aquino’s term.

“THEY HAVE BROUGHT DISASTER UPON THEMSELVES”: Words of wisdom from Isaiah 3:1-7: “See now, the Lord, the Lord Almighty, is about to take from Jerusalem and Judah both supply and support: all supplies of food and all supplies of water, the hero and the warrior, the judge and the prophet, the diviner and the elder, he captain of fifty and the man of rank, the counselor, skilled craftsman and clever enchanter.

“…`I will make mere youths their officials; children will rule over them.’ People will oppress each other—man against man, neighbor against neighbor. The young will rise up against the old, the nobody against the honored. A man will seize one of his brothers in his father’s house, and say, `You have a cloak, you be our leader; take charge of this heap of ruins!’

“But in that day he will cry out, `I have no remedy. I have no food or clothing in my house; do not make me the leader of the people.’ Jerusalem staggers, Judah is falling; their words and deeds are against the Lord, defying his glorious presence. The look on their faces testifies against them; they parade their sin like Sodom; they do not hide it. Woe to them! They have brought disaster upon themselves…”

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By Atty. Batas Mauricio

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