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EDITORIAL
BANGSAMORO YOUTH CORNER

23 September 2012

MYTH AND REALITY OF
'BUSINESS PARTNERS' AND 'AMBASSADORS OF PEACE'
UNDER PHILIPPINE COLONIALISM

COMMERCIALIZATION OF PHILIPPINES-BANGSAMORO WAR AND MINDANAO PEACE
UNDER PHILIPPINE COLONIALISM

Now that the bloody Philippines-Bangsamoro war in war-ravaged Mindanao has been raging for more than forty years and more human killings and wanton destruction are forthcoming, Philippine colonialism under President Benigno S. Aquino III has given it a new face to distinguish it from the ugly Marcosian 'New Society' (Bagong Lipunan) carnage outlook.

 

Under the political cliche 'Straight Pathway' (Matuwid na Daan) brand of governance, the surreal political mirage is prime-timed with the introduction of 'business partners' and 'ambassadors of peace' as new commercial components to end presumably the longest war in Southeast Asia second only to the Vietnamese-American war in the past.

 

It is recalled that the genocidal Vietnam war ended in humiliating defeat for the U.S. government whose imposing American Embassy buildings worldwide from Europe, Middle East and Australia have become target of protest demonstrations from angry Muslims triggered by an anti-Islam film, 'Innocence of Muslims', created inside the United States of America (USA) to malign the Holy Prophet Muhammad ibn Abdullah (S.A.W.).

 

 The recent political initiative of the Filipino colonizers under the Aquino II regime is clearly seen as another dimension to the whole scale commercialization of the Mindanao war from being a lucrative business enterprise for

the transformed (old (Marcos) and new (Ramos)) Armed Forces of the Philippines into the Armed Forces of 'Pabaon' (AFP) military generals exemplified by one suicide soldier, former AFP Chief-of-Staff and Defense Secretary General Angelo Reyes, Jr., who was also Secretary of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Natural Environment and Resources (DNER) and Department of Energy (DE) under the 'most corrupt in Asia' Arroyo regime.

 

Strangely indeed, both the Philippines-Bangsamoro war and the AFP-NDF/NPA war are now a show business feature punctuated by the active involvement of 'business partners' and movie personalities as 'ambassadors of peace.' The eventful dramatic charade was even highlighted in Malacanang Palace to effect a showbiz appeal and glittering impact.

 

However, what is really the political motivation of President Benigno S. Aquino III in introducing this side of commercial real and reel artificiality into the on-going peace process, which is only anchored on preserving the colonial slavery of the Bangsamoro people and continued land-grabbing of their ancestral homeland?

 

Does this signal a clear message to the Hollywood and European show business industry that both the Philippines-Bangsamoro war in Mindanao and the AFP-NDF/NPA war in the Catholic Filipino nation is one attractive field of multi-million U.S. dollar investment because local 'business partners' and movie stars, like Anne Curtis, Gerard Anderson and prominent others, have been commissioned as 'ambassadors of peace'?

 

Indeed if the political intention of President P-Noy is to end the nagging Mindanao conflict with 'just and lasting' peace imbued with nobility and sincerity then there is positive cause for the colonized and oppressed Bangsamoro people and other stakeholders to Mindanao peace to be optimistic and happy. But if Mindanao peace per se is only based on unilateral terms as dictated by the Luzon-born Filipino colonial leadership closeted merely on preservation or perpetuation of Philippine colonialism in war-torn Mindanao characterized by the manufacturing of the farcical Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) and other Filipino-version phony autonomy concepts then the sinister move is only to delay and to make more money out of the whole process. Such colonial course of action is beneficial only to the Manila government or 'imperial Manila'.

 

Thus, this will only but prolong the Philippines-Bangsamoro war in Mindanao, cashing in more human killings and more catastrophic humanitarian disaster situations, which are only good money-making film materials for the local and foreign movie makers to ensure box office hits to improve the sagging Philippine tourism and movie industry.

 

On this sickening note, the Philippine government, thanks to the Office of Presidential Affairs on Peace Process (OPAPP) manuscript, has commercialized and featured well the war fronts between the money-conscious AFP soldiers and Bangsamoro freedom fighters and as well the NDF/NPA revolutionaries into a successful big-budget money-generating theatres of 'more fun' and total entertainment for the war-freaks and 'ghost adventurers'!

 

Thus, it is certainly expected that 'terroristic activities', such as kidnappings of local and foreign tourists, bombings of Muslim communities and public transport and shopping malls in urban centers, etc., are again to feature the dreadful 'AFP-created Abu Sayyaf group' (according to former Senator Aquilino Pimentel, Jr.) to spice the complete commercialization of the longest wars in the Philippine widescreen theatre.

 

On the other side of it all, is the Malacanang production of 'business partners' and 'ambassadors of peace' filming of the Bangsamoro-Philippines war and AFP-NDF/NPA war undergoing a correct and valuable transformation to net peace dividends for the war-weary Filipino and Bangsamoro peoples?

 

Is this the final end of total militarization for the Bangsamoro homeland of Mindanao, Sulu and Palawan (MINSUPALA) that has totally commercialized the Mindanao war, enriching some of the Armed Forces of 'Pabaon' (AFP) military generals engaged in the two-war fronts theatre of ideological conflict?

 

Does this merit glorious accolades for the Catholic Filipino nation to be proudly known worldwide as a tourist destination of 'more fun' in war time for war-mongers rather than total harmony and accord in lasting durable peace for the peaceful stakeholders and humanity?

 

Congratulations to the economic and power greedy Filipino colonizers, like OPAPP Secretary Theresita Deles and gang! You have again made a landmark point in history commercializing further the sanctity of peace!

 

But as consciously said by Oscar Romero of El Salvador: "Peace is not the silence of the cemeteries. It is the generous contribution of all to the good of all." -rrr/bfs

 

 

 

 

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