Tuesday, 17 February 2015 13:18
(BY: ATTY. BATAS MAURICIO) LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… Now listen, you rich people, weep and wail because of the misery that is coming on you. Your wealth has rotted, and moths have eaten your clothes. Your gold and silver are corroded…” (James 5:1-2, the Holy Bible).
QUESTIONS ON US ROLE IN MAMASAPANO KILLINGS: Is there a connection between the Mamasapano massacre where 44 officers and men of the Special Action Force of the Philippine National Police were mercilessly killed, and the failure or refusal of the Aquino government to take a more militaristic or confrontational action against China in connection with the virtual take-over by the Chinese of the Spratly Islands in the West Philippine Sea?
It would be nice if someone can give us insights into this question, considering the spate of reports in the media confirming the participation of—or outright direction by—the United States in the Mamasapano massacre. These reports, quoting unnamed sources, are saying that the US funded and directed the Mamasapano police operation from the start in an effort to get Malaysian terrorist Zulkifli bin Hir, or Marwan as he was known.
But some are starting to ask: was the US concerned only with killing Marwan, whom it considered a very dangerous terrorist on account of his expertise on making bombs, during the Mamapasano incident? Could it be possible that the US had other intentions in pushing through with the Marwan operation even if it knew beforehand that the operation meant the slaughter of 44 fine and highly-trained policemen?
DID US HAVE OTHER INTENTIONS IN MARWAN HUNT? Indeed, what could possibly be these other intentions of the US in carrying out the Mamasapano operation? Was the operation against Marwan also meant to create an atmosphere of hate and distrust, at a scale that many Filipinos are experiencing right now, to scuttle the peace agreement with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and, therefore, to throw out the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law?
And why would anyone want to sidetrack the peace agreement between the Aquino government and the MILF? It cannot be denied, of course, that with the peace agreement being sidetracked, the war in Mindanao will be resumed, and the calls for Mindanao seceding from the Republic of the Philippines not only will become stronger, but will possibly materialize real soon, especially if aided by foreign interests.
In a situation where Mindanao is going to be established as a separate country from the rest of the Philippines, who will really benefit from it? The Muslim-Filipinos? The Bangsamoro? The Christians who are in Mindanao? Or, some other entities which can use Mindanao as their base of operation, for the furtherance of their own interests?
CONNECTION BETWEEN MARWAN KILLING & SPRATLYS CHINA ROW: But why would anyone want to focus on Mindanao to protect their interests when they could still uphold these interests even if Mindanao remains a part of the Philippines? There could only be one possible reason for this: the possibility that the Philippines may fall—if it has not really fallen yet—into the hands of competing interests or foreign domination by a country other than the US.
A cause for concern along this line is the conceded and undeniable occupation now of the Spratlys or of the entire South China Sea (or West Philippine Sea as the Aquino government is belated calling this area), a vital part of Philippine territory, by China. The perception by many is that the Aquino government is not only not doing anything to repel China’s invasion and occupation of the Spratlys.
What is more worrisome is that, the Aquino government is also perceived as even abetting, expressly or indirectly, in more ways than one, this invasion and occupation of the Philippines by China, thereby placing in peril America’s interests not only in the country, but in the entire Pacific region. In the face of all these possibilities, can anyone come forward and tell us what, really, is happening?
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