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MILF should beware of little monsters

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What is this we heard from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front that they are not at all optimistic a peace pact will be forged between the secessionist front and the government within the six-year term of President Noynoy Aquino. This is in contravention to what they had been bruiting around that they want a peace accord even pulling the rug under on government negotiators by proclaiming that they are even dropping their primary agenda of independence in exchange for a special (federal) state under the aegis of Philippine sovereignty.

This declaration does not augur well for the talks which is set to resume soon. If there is any sector that finds celebration in this statement by the MILF, these are the unrestrained elements of the separatist front, members of kidnap for ransom syndicates and the terrorist organizations that conveniently consider MILF territories their virtual sanctuaries.

We all know that the longer the talks drag, the bigger the number of recruits these criminal elements can muster. Consequently, in a situation where they are given some quarters to move freely and lairs which they consider to be their safe hideaways, the more virulent and adventurous they become.

The threats from the MILF therefore are no match to these lawless bands as the larger the recruits the more number of arms they will have in their armory and the more aggressive they become. This is doubly disturbing because these groups are known to be operating on their own as the MILF hierarchy has no control over them. While the MILF disowns them when they commit atrocities, the strategic alliances are there.

The longer the peace negotiations the bigger these lawless groups become. If the MILF fails to sign an accord with the government we can be sure that at the end of Aquino’s term the MILF shall have become irrelevant anyway for the government shall be dealing with a new alliance of rogue elements who had nothing to do with peace initiatives from the start.

If it is peace and avoidance of terrorist groups to grow into an eight-headed hydra then the MILF and the government panels must force the agenda for peace and permanent truce. In this manner we hope that the issue of security in the region will be defined and deprive the scoundrels and terrorists from gaining foothold in the present areas of conflict. The peace negotiators should not wait for the time when the MILF will be swallowed by the monsters that they have nurtured through these years.

By Menardo Wenceslao

 




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