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GUEST EDITORIAL
05 October 2016

BANGSAMORO YOUTH CORNER

UNDER DUTERTE GOVERNMENT:
ROADBLOCKS TO ACHIEVING MINDANAO PEACE

 

By RRayhanR

OMBUDSMAN DIRTY TACTICS AGAINST MNLF CHAIRMAN NUR MISUARI

“Who are behind the ugly plot to discredit Chairman Prof. Nur Misuari of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and the Bangsamoro freedom fighters,” asked Reverend Absalom Cerveza in Facebook and Twitter?

Indeed, who are the unknown plotters now all-out to sour the relationship of the MNLF chairman and the first elected Mindanao-based President Rodrigo D. Duterte?

STRONG ADVOCACY FOR MINDANAO PEACE: Chairman Prof. Nur Misuari of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and President Rodrigo D. Duterte, who while still Davao City mayor, have from the beginning advocated for achieving durable Mindanao peace. While the Luzon-based political leaders only engaged in doubletalk to achieve “just and lasting” peace in Mindanao, the Duterte government has today a distinctive program to make a difference.


President Duterte has time and again said that “injustice” is the main cause of the conflagrating Filipino-Moro war in Mindanao, Sulu and Palawan (MINSUPALA). While still Davao City mayor, he recommended the possible establishment of a Bangsamoro nation under a Philippine federal government. He was always of the firm belief that Mindanao peace is truly possible with the personal involvement of MNLF Chairman Nur Misuari in the peace process.

 It can never be denied that the previous Marcos, Aquino, Arroyo and Aquino III regime repeatedly betrayed Mindanao peace that has only prolong the Mindanao war for almost fifty years today. 

OMBUDSMAN CONCHITA CARPIO-MORALES’ KIND OF INJUSTICE

It’s quite alarming that immediately after the MNLF leadership and the officialdom of Secretary Jesus Dureza-led Office of the Adviser of the Peace Process (OPAPP) announced the immediate MNLF-Duterte peace talks, present Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales suddenly emerged to come up with malicious “graft and malversation” charge against the MNLF chairman.

The malicious character assassination played by the captive Philippine media also cropped up after the MNLF freedom fighters assisted the Duterte government with the release of foreign kidnap victims by the Abu Sayyaf group.

Thus, it’s just shockingly surprising that the Aquino III regime-appointed lady Ombudsman, who recently was awarded by the Ramon Magsaysay Foundation for excellent government service, has suddenly come out from the legal “black box” accusing the MNLF chairman of “graft and malversation” practice while serving as ARMM governor in 2000.

It’s just quite baffling why Ombudsman Morales resulted to this dirty hand governmental tactic after tasting judicial defeat from further incarcerating former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. The Aquino III regime, using the Department of Justice (DOJ) under Secretary Laila De Lima, schemed to arbitrarily charge, airport arrest and jail her for a crime lacking substantial evidence. The Supreme Court had no recourse but set her free to continue her legislative task in the Philippine Congress.

Furthermore, it’s quite mind-boggling that Ombudsman Morales has instantaneously come out from her so-called moral portal in discrediting MNLF Chairman Nur Misuari of a criminal practice that was proven non-existence by former Ombudsman Aniano A. Disierto. This is after 15 years from today. After the tenure of the Arroyo and Aquino III regime that really wanted to pin him down for America-copied “rebellion” charge.

KJARTAN SEKKINGSTAD OF NORWAY: The Norwegian national Kjartan Sekkingstad and three others were kidnapped by unidentified criminals, who brought them to the kidnap-for-ransom Abu Sayyaf group in Jolo. Unlike the proud Aquino III administration that only used ‘peace process’ as a deceptive ploy, the present Duterte government sought the assistance of the MNLF freedom fighters to free from captivity the Norwegian and Indonesian kidnap victims.  


Why is Ombudsman Morales now resulting to this hatchet dirty job of assassinating the revolutionary character of the patriarch of the MNLF-launched Bangsamoro people’s freedom struggle to regain independence and national self-determination for the colonized Tri-People (Lumad, Muslim and Christian) of Mindanao?

Is the colonialistic strategy of Ombudsman Morales part of the destabilization campaigns wage now by the discredited yellow-labelled Liberal Party (LP) bigwigs led by ex-President Benigno S. Aquino III and ex-DILG Secretary Manuel Roxas II, who have always been considered to possess a strong anti-poor and anti-Muslim attitude?

It is recalled that the MNLF chairman weighed on the last May 9 election by responding to the clamor of some Middle East OFWs to expose the hidden agenda of mass cheating by the Aquino III administration in order to rob the voting populace of their chosen government officials.

The MNLF chairman came out openly exposing the perceived shenanigans of Malacanang and Aquino III-appointed COMELEC chairman to disenfranchise the electoral result with the Smartmatic program of counting only votes for candidates of “LP/Daang Matuwid”, disregarding other political parties.

 Indeed, based on the revelation of the OFWs, it was really strange why the COMELEC-registered Liberal Party (LP) had to use sample ballot-marked LP/Daang Matuwid where other political parties, such as Nacionalista Party (NP), Partido Demokratiko ng Pilipinas (PDP), etc., were explicitly using their political party trademarks. This has always been the political practice in all elections in the past.

Ombudsman Morales’ calculated move abruptly happened also after the MNLF chairman responded positively to the call for help by the Duterte government to assist in the release of foreign kidnap victims from the Abu Sayyaf captors.

OTHER NON-OMBUDSMAN UGLY PLOTTERS

On the inquisitiveness of the MNLF Peace Panel Spokesman Reverend Absalom Cerveza to unmask the other hidden players involved in discrediting MNLF Chairman Misuari, the revelations of some professional and youth sectors have to be told to out the truth.

Father Eliseo Mercado, the respected Cotabato Catholic priest, who once became assembly speaker of the Ramos government-created Southern Philippines Council for Peace and Development (SPCPD) under Chairman Nur Misuari, critiqued once Secretary Jing Deles-led OPAPP for using some “recycled MNLF surrenderees” to prop-up the Aquino III regime’s deceptive policy of pushing forward Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).

CHAIRMAN PROF. NUR MISUARI: The MNLF chairman was recipient of the “Felix Houphout-Boigny Peace Prize” awarded by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) together with President Fidel V. Ramos in Senegal International Center, Dakar, in June 1998.

It was observed that the BBL project was only used by the Aquino III government in dividing the MNLF and MILF leadership and Bangsamoro people. After succeeding with the BBL project, it was conveniently designed by the Aquino regime to die its natural death in Philippine Congress with the mysterious sanctioning of the Mamapasano invasion.

NORWEGIAN KJARTAN SEKKINGSTAD AND CHAIRMAN NUR MISUARI WITH OTHER MNLF MUJAHIDIN: MNLF Chairman Nur Misuari mobilized thousand-strong MNLF freedom fighters in pressuring the Abu Sayyaf group to release Norwegian captive Kjartan Sekkingstad and three Indonesian nationals. The MNLF chairman acted on the appeal of the Duterte and Indonesian government to help free the foreigners from captivity by the Abu Sayyaf group.


Could these “recycled MNLF surrenderees” refer to the scandalous 15-Executive Council (EC) MNLF group that was created through the conspiracy of the Arroyo and Mahathir regime to divide further the MNLF leadership and freedom fighters?

Could this also include some Moro politicians, who have comfortably curried favor now with the Duterte government to land in sensitive jobs reserve for competent Bangsamoro professionals?

Could the non-Ombudsman opportunist plotters include the present ARMM officials, who were only “comelected” during the last May 9 election?

Post May election period, the awkward electoral result has been challenged as “fraud” and inflicted by mass cheating by LP/Daang Matuwid administration candidates. This included particularly the office of the vice-president, Philippine senate and 5-province Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

It was observed that the “recycled MNLF surrenderees” were used by both the Arroyo and Aquino III government in pursuing their colonial interest to hoodwink the people that they were committed in achieving Mindanao peace.

On this end, while the Arroyo administration utilized the 15-EC MNLF group to legitimize per se its deceptive objective to seek observer status in the OIC thereby erasing the MNLF permanent observer stature, the Aquino III regime used all the OPAPP-paid “recycled MNLF surrenderees” in propping up the BBL.

The BBL formula was also used to fool the OIC that the Manila government in conspiracy with the “money-conscious MNLF opportunists” was vigorously pushing for the congressional enactment of BBL. But the Aquino III regime never succeeded due to its duplicitous plan to create havoc with the Malacanang-conceived Mamapasano invasion that created gigantic uproar leading to the instant death of BBL.  

The dying Aquino III regime tried hard to use the combined 15-EC MNLF group and the newly-formed Moro politicians group with their respective “self-proclaimed” chairmen to deceive the OIC and the Bangsamoro people. But, the dramatic OPAPP deception under Secretary Jing Deles never succeeded.

Now, with the emergence of MNLF Chairman Nur Misuari to take center stage again in the peace process under the patronage of the Duterte government, the “recycled MNLF surrenderees” have resulted to create stumbling blocks. They know too well that the entry of the MNLF chairman into active participation in the peace process would only expose their deceptive money-making strategy at the expense of Mindanao peace and the Bangsamoro people.

Thus, to serve the dirty purpose of isolating MNLF Chairman Nur Misuari from the Duterte government in the meaningful search for a peaceful Mindanao, the “recycled MNLF surrenderees” could be contriving now with the present ARMM officials, who owe their “comelection” to the discredited Aquino III regime.

Simply put, with the active involvement of Chairman Nur Misuari in the peace talks with the Duterte government, the MNLF leadership would demand the implementation of the international peace agreement embodied by the MNLF-OIC-GRP Jakarta Peace Agreements of September 2, 1996 signed under the Ramos government.

Thus, with the implementation of the 1996 peace agreement, the present ARMM officials would be compelled to file their liquidation papers for they would be accounted for the past years of managing the farcical ARMM that their benefactor, ex-President Benigno S. Aquino III, had publicly diagnosed as a “failed experiment.”

OMBUDSMAN-ARMM CONSPIRACY TO DERAIL POSSIBLE MINDANAO PEACE

It is now clearly noted that while still in government service, the “recycled MNLF surrenderees” and ARMM officials could easily use grease money to grab the ears of Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Rosales to destroy the character and credibility of MNLF Chairman Nur Misuari.

The MNLF chairman has been publicly given immunity by the Duterte government on the trumped up rebellion charge by the discredited Aquino III government. In fact, it was reported that the “warrant of arrest” is to be withdrawn by the Department of Justice under Secretary Aguirre.

But, the question now arises. Does the Duterte government believe in all the hogwash dished out by Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales against the MNLF Chairman?

It is also quite puzzling that the captive Philippine media has joined the fray to malign the MNLF chairman by reporting that he recommended the participation of Abu Sayyaf in the prospective MNLF-Duterte government peace talks in the future. The news report has irked President Duterte no less.

Yet, the MNLF leadership never recommended this possible scenario because the MNLF learned along ago from former Senator Aquilino Pimentel, Jr. that the Abu Sayyaf group was formed by the AFP military intelligence on the advice of General Alexander Aguirre and Navy Commander David Ruiz. The startling revelation was even reported in almost all Philippine tri-media.

Could this be an alarming bell that the Abu Syyaf group is an “invisible army” programed to spread “terrorism” in all areas in war-torn Mindanao? That it could operate its kidnapping activities easily anywhere in Mindanao and demand ransom money by millions because the loose group is just well protected by hidden hands in the Philippine military?

In the recent past, the hidden hand AFP involvement in Abu Sayyaf activities was also decried by former Jolo Mayor Atty. Hussein U. Amin. He was later rebuffed by former Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, who countered that some local Moro politicians were in cahoots with Abu Sayyaf group in kidnapping activities for ransom money.

However, the Bangsamoro people know well the real situation in Mindanao. They have the brightest hope now that Mindanao peace, security and public order under the Duterte government is possible.

On this promising note, will the Duterte government permit the Ombudsman and opportunist groups to derail again Mindanao peace that has been repeatedly betrayed by the Luzon-based political leaders? –rrr/bfs  

    

 
 

 

   

   

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