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The Joint Aquino – MILF Enterprise called Bangsamoro Basic Law

This is not about right and wrong. This is not about good and bad, either. This is about what is what.

The thing called Bangsamoro Basic Law

This has been heralded by Malacañang as the “long-lasting peace” or “final peace” for Mindanao among others. The Bangsamoro Basic Law or BBL, since its Bangsamoro Legal Entity days, can be said as the brainchild of the President, Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III.

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The President seated with the MILF Chief. lifted from Google search: mamasapano massacre images

Malacañang, through its negotiating panel, has entered into formal agreements with the MILF, something which people now know as the BBL or the Bangsamoro Basic Law. The BBL has become an Aquino – MILF partnership, with Malacañang Palace much bound to it. That reminds us of the MOA-AD that although of different contents was of similar circumstances. One  difference in them is that, while this BBL is now a done deal between Malacañang and the MILF, in the MOA-AD the Supreme court intervened just in time to stop everybody from signing. It caused embarrassment to the PGMA administration but otherwise President Arroyo was free to walk away from the deal.

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The President’s mirrors and alter egos with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front: [L  to R] Miriam Coronel-Ferrer, Marvic Leonen, Teresita Q Deles. Lifted from Google search: presidential adviser on the peace process. Alteration to the images is by rltjs.wordpress

I think the architects of this BBL have their cues from the wreck of what was MOA-AD that ran a-ground.  This time they are more adept and cunning steering almost through without any snag. They have even rendered the Supreme Court helpless to look into the matter as they work it on.

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Eager to stamp the Aquino-MILF enterprise into law, the eager beaver and the skeptical of them. Lifted from Yahoo search: feliciano belmonte images

But the agreements without the seal of Philippine congress are useless. So, we have seen congress, both houses almost without any opposition, trying to expedite the thing called Bangsamoro Basic law.

They also talked about amending the constitutions. They saw conflicts that call for a need to rewrite whatever in the constitution to suit the Bangsamoro Basic Law that the President wanted done by congress.

Then came the Mamasapano debacle

It’s been 41 days since Mamasapano. Philippine SAF troopers going after Zulkifli Abdhir aka Marwan and Basit Usman, two internationally tagged terrorists, encountered composite rebels in that place. Marwan and Usman were said to be living in that territory controlled by the MILF. SAF got into a fight with the MILF which later were said to have been reinforced by Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters [BIFF], Abu Sayyafs, and their militias.

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A “Misencounter” between enemies. Images lifted from Yahoo search: mamasapano maguindanao images

When the guns of battle ceased firing, forty four [44] members of the Special Action Force [SAF] of the Philippine National Police [PNP] were accounted dead, killed in skirmishes and ambuscades that ended in their total rout. This happened shortly before dawn in January 25, 2015 that went on until the next day, the 26th.

The Mindanao Islamic Liberation Front [MILF] has justified it as a “misencounter” and later as an act of self-defense on their part. That is interesting. Misencounter is a term applicable only between two friendly forces. And that could be true. The President and his men have considered the MILF as friends and partners for peace. In fact this is not the first time that there was a “misencounter” between Government and MILF forces. In such occasion, government never lifted a finger against MILF perpetrators. “For the sake of Peace”, they will say.

Like Filipinos will be in trouble if they insist on respect and justice due them? Are not Filipinos being bugged or held hostage?

I think Filipinos should be reminded. The Mindanao Islamic Liberation Front [MILF] is a secessionist organization. They are fighting for a different, separate national identity and territory. They have Islamic Mindanao independence for their ultimate end. Filipinos cannot allow them that.

The MILF is on ceasefire with Philippine government, something that has been going on since the PGMA administration – peace that is good while they last. That does not change the fact that they are hostile forces, enemies of the Filipino people.

One people, one nation, one country – the Bangsamoro Basic Law does not serve them. It is bringing the Filipinos away from them. It will wreck the country apart.

“For the sake of Peace”? Grant genuine amnesty to those who would want it. There is no shorter way than that.

Opposite that is peace, the long and the hard way, but nevertheless true peace and not mere hope for peace that is devoid of any historical basis to support it…a pure dream, a fantasy.

That’s true. One object of war is peace. Stated from another angle, sometimes peace is attained through war.

Everybody Is an Aspiring Zookeeper.

CIA suspects Russia’s President Putin to have Asperger’s syndrome. I found the matter interesting, being part of a more interesting subject which is human characteristics, social and human natural, so that I decided to make a post about it.

Everybody is a jail warden. Everybody is a zookeeper. People should be good.

What’s that? A good warden lets people out in the yard for relaxation and play. He should know when and who to let out, and when and who to lock in.

Now, everyone is doing that to all the characters in him, he is aware of it or not. One will be surprised he has Hitler to Pope Francis inside in him. Each person is a complete jungle of characters within himself.

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Lifted from Google search: Hitler, Pope Francis. Arranged by RLTJ’s

Human characteristics are generally universal. Sure, they vary in degree, from person to person. And the differentials make the thing called Personality. Other wise, humans are all boringly the same – they all can be tickled, pleased, irritated, angered, what else.

Sometimes Hitler might be good let out when Pope Francis might be good suppressed in, or the other way around. It’s a matter of doing the right thing in the right time.

That is why Solomon is considered as the icon for most gifted. Wisdom is deemed the greatest of all virtues.

There are differences between the real world and the world of virtual reality or that which exists only in the mind, though. In the real world, characters to mean persons, can die. In virtual reality, they cannot be killed. The most unwanted of them are always there, only shackled, arrested, held in a dungeon sit for life. Because nobody wants them out. Ooh, Sometimes they do escape a warden.

This post has nothing really particular to Vladimir Putin. In fact, we all have him inside each one of us. When we get irritated we all react the same. :-)

This Ought to Be a really Real New Year

Hi friends,

Its January 14, 2015 and I still do not know what to say in my site. This ought to be a really real new year, I keep telling myself that. I have no idea. I mean, there are many things I want to write but I feel they’re all fragmented.

OK, here is something that really amused my morning. I was reviewing world current events… it’s mostly about Paris attack by alleged Muslim extremists, when I stumbled on it.

It is a picture of a man under arrest. No, it is not a failed suicide bombing attempt. It is not what I thought it was. Guess what it is all about. :-) 150113162342-china-iphone-crop-large-169

But, why ‘really real’ to new year? As we all know, every year that comes is new and they  are all real.

What I meant is, every year that came seems to be the same. This year ought to be different. Also, I hope this year would be happier, or happy if it has not been.

Its 2015!

The Quick Fox and the Lazy Dog

This article has been published in this site, in the Posts section, before. Because of some critical issues, I decided to re-post the article, this time in the Page section. Posts are syndicated while Pages are each stand-alone.

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Push and shove in the South China Sea. Lifted from Google search: chinese warship/philippine warship [Picture is of old decommissioned vessel scuttled by the Philippines in the Spratleys]

The issue is: Should media journalism be pushing for any political cause? I have always maintained that the answer is NO. That the rule of journalism is to push for the truth. That truths and facts are almost one and the same. Click for the full article >>

New Year!

It’s  2014 !

We’ve got a new year!  Thanks be to God, you and me made it this far! And we thank God as well for the year that was, good or bad.

About The Title

It was supposed to say “Happy New Year!”

Lifted from Google search: typhoon yolanda

Merry in “merry Christmas”, and Happy added to “new year” were reserved words for people I knew had had merry and happy celebrations.

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And the dead, many remained unclaimed and uncollected after a month, stank. Lifted from Google search

December this year for Filipinos, was total destruction of the Waray provinces by super typhoon Yolanda. Thirty-six thousand [36,000] casualties might be one over-bloated estimate. Sixteen thousand [16,000] casualties might be one too many than authorities have counted and listed.

Around 10,000 people died or missing, leaving a sea of homeless people.

Happy? You’re nuts!

Classroom Backlog, Rice Importation, Final Peace in Mindanao

Widely varied matters all-in-one that might appear one weird composition. Again and again we have been feed good news about them.

And every time, I can’t help it, I might appear rude in my reactions, but I feel I am being feed preposterous information that I wish are true. I sense distortion, I sense deception – the common denominators.

Classroom, rice shortage gone by 2013

But that’s what they are – wishful thinking at least, which makes them ridiculous.  The most revolting side of it is that we are getting them from people who are supposed to be telling no-nonsense. Skip the craps, this government can survive without it hoodwinking the people.

Classroom backlog: I am a product of public school. Lack of classrooms in our public schools has always been a problem since my time. And that has been since more than 50 years ago. The problem is more acute today than in my days. In my time there were average of 45 pupils per room, whole day [morning and afternoon] session for one class.  Today it’s something like 70 pupils per room at start of school year, to taper down as time progresses due to drop-outs, two or three shifts [classes] per classroom, per teacher, per day. Common in urban areas and lesser or better as we look farther in the countryside. Out there the problems concerning education are a bit different. Like, some places need schools  and teachers where there is none.

And it would be wrong to assume that all the public school administrators that came and went, never thought of putting an end to that. To say it simply, I think the problem is money. The Philippines is not rich to slash dead the problem in a single stroke. Government needs to deliver many other [legitimate] services, and funds can only be allocated and divided, meager and inadequately it will seem, for each of all those needs. Any allegation of neglect in there appears nothing but politics and political squabble, actually. Who of all the administrators who came and went never dreamed of being hailed a hero?  Nobody. OK, maybe priority is an issue. Sure,  sound priority makes some difference. But I don’t think that the difference can be considered revolutionary in regard to the scope of the problem. Indeed notable improvement in there could be awesome.

The Philippine public school system is no place to talk about success. I know how parents feel in there. I have 7 children who went through there. Those who capitalized on the public education system for higher positions did not win elections: Secretary Raul S. Roco for President and former Senator Teresa Aquino Oreta for re-election.

OK, there must be an end to this problem. But looking at present government resources and needs, I don’t think we will see that happening in President Benigno Simeon Aquino’s time. The problem appears perennial that could be marginalized to its barest minimum. Again, I don’t think that it is possible under the present administration without putting itself into a very difficult situation.

Like, one solution being tried with the private sector right now, as reported, which is Build and Lease – is actually a dig deeper into a hole dug for the taxpayers. We are dealing there with debt, interest and rent, charged on the Filipino people. And it is not good news like they make it appear. It is a bitter pill forced on the people hoping it will do them better in the end.

Another is for government to push for more revenues. Former President Gloria Arroyo was criticized and attacked for pushing Value added taxation [VAT] from 10 percent to 20 percent. The present administration not only maintained them, it actually pushed for more like the added hundred percent [increased] taxation called “Sin tax” on consumer products like cigarettes and alcoholic drinks. No, my figure may not be real. But “sin tax” has caused consumer products like cigarettes to sell double the cost they used to be at the retail end, as a result.

While the authors of this “sin tax ” can praise themselves as progressives, I think the nation is actually reeling back in its push forward. We are killing there industries and jobs at a time when we need more of them. More industries and jobs can also mean more revenues.

Done is done. I think Filipinos prefer to hear sympathy instead, something not in the vocabulary of much-disliked-ex-President Gloria M. Arroyo, rarely heard in her State of the nation addresses. Personally, I rated her as the most egotistic president who went in this republic, for anybody to grab that title from her.

Rice self-sufficiency

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The Banaue rice terraces, Mountain Province, Philippines. Lifted from Google search: riceland philippines.

Department of Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap, in the time of President Arroyo assured rice self-sufficiency for the Philippines starting 2010. Where does that put him now that we are 2013?  So we see, what works in paper does not always work in the real world. And sad to say, sometimes we get to see technocrats who seem do not know what they are talking about.

Now Filipinos are being told that we are soon to become a rice exporter country. Indeed, rice produced in the Philippines to be shipped out will qualify as “export”. But in the situation where the country is a traditional net importer of rice, I think the nearest description is plunder of Philippine resources by foreigners. Like, when foreign nationals invest in rice production, clouted under assistance or cooperation, or disguised as local capital and the product is shipped out when there is shortage of rice in the Philippines.  Chinese capitals for one have been investing significantly in rice production in the Philippines. No, nationality behind investment in agriculture is not really an issue. There are government regulations regarding foreign ownership in the country, if anybody would like to make an issue of them. It is the shortage of rice in the Philippines that is the issue.

I remember during the rice crisis of 1972, local government units were empowered to restrict or regulate movement of rice in their municipalities.

I think Filipinos need to review their values of  bad and good. OK, lets upgrade that to good and better. Like, it is good that our neighbors from Malaysia, China, Taiwan and Korea are buying out the Filipinos. But is not it better if it is the Filipinos who are buying into Malaysia, China, Taiwan and Korea? So we see that the Filipinos are not really better than their neighbors, for them to prate anything about when it comes to the economy.

But we are going a-side, where were we… ah, the awesome great leap from being a rice importer to becoming a rice exporter country just around the corner for the Filipinos.

Malacañang has announced a drastic drop in rice importation by the National Foods Authority this year. No, there is no revolutionary leap in rice production if that was the impression.

The [projected] importation by NFA this year will be an impressive drop from previous figures due to “over importation” by National Foods Authority [NFA] done last year. Or, the buffer stock of the NFA has been considered a glut. Importation can only be approximated because typhoons and drought conditions that are among the causes to them cannot accurately be predicted.

I really feel this “rice exporter” talks is mental conditioning and  a pa-consuelo de bobo for Juan dela Cruz while he is being plundered – my nearest word of choice, when that happensThis dashing convergence of bigger-than-reality good news could not be by chance.

Preposterous issues like in the world of showbiz do not really work. They affect more the people engaging them than their intended audience – the masses, actually. Like, should Presidential sister Chris Aquino be endorsing political candidates for the May 2013 election? Remembering her as a Presidential problem-daughter, and also looking at people around me, I think she has more dislikes than likes, to even be endorsing anything.

The Philippine entertainment world is a different world by itself. It is a syndicated world with its own established order. What their mafias in there think become their reality. They affect little the world of politics.

In politics, leaders stay because masses see no better. And masses know better when they see them. Oh, OK, this is a free country, anybody has the right to campaign for, or even against anybody.

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Killing a myth. Endorsers of Sen Manny Villar for President in 2010 election, clockwise top to bottom: Willie Revillame, Manny Pacquiao and Dolphy. Politics has its own rules. One, people are sold by their own merits and not really of who are selling them.
Lifted from Google search: willie revillame, manny pacquiao, dolphy. Pictures arranged by rltjs.

If the trend lives on, tomorrow’s elections might even be costlier for candidates as expenses could include endorsement by big names –  a becoming must-spend-for by those seeking elective public office. Talents and their handlers cost.  It is business, and nothing is free – binabayaran ng pera kung di utang na loob.

But we are going a-side, where were we… ah, 10 tons average harvest, per hectare, for Filipinos. The Philippines is not in the Mekong or in the Yangtze for a 10 metric-tons-per-hectare large-scale projection, to douse the over-expectations and the hope of becoming a rice exporter country. A harvest of one kg of rice is achievable in one square meter experimental plot. It means, a hectare which is 10,000 square meters, could produce 10 tons per harvest or 30 tons in a three-crops year. Ten tons per hectare,  times area,  times three, works only in paper.

Where 3 cropping is possible, 15 tons per hectare per year is achievable. That has been the Filipino computation. But considering upland and rain-fed rice-lands, and considering Philippine weather or seasons, the total national  average in rice production is way, way down 100 cavans, or 5 tons per hectare. And that is per year and not per harvest. That’s about Philippine reality at present.

There has been an anti-landlord culture in the country that has discouraged large-scale agriculture by Filipinos, actually, adding to the situation. You can thank the Maoist revolutionaries for that if you think it is good. But I think they need to update their politics to be in the mainstream. Three quarters century has brought many changes to the Philippine and world political landscapes.

Anyway, I think we have a prospect of free trade coming into heads with national food security – the looming issue.

Bangsamoro Entity – the so-called Final Peace in Mindanao

“Final Peace” is too big a phrase to use and  it is actually baseless at this point in time.

Secession, like any rebellion, has its own bases that determine it. Say, poverty. Say, government neglect. Whatever, there is social-political-economic discontent by a people for their government. Discontent becomes dissension that in turn further develops to organized armed rebellion.

Eliminate all those causes and rebellion will be floating on air with nothing to stand on. That would be next to lasting peace.  But the situation is far from that.

Moreover, the Mindanao conflict is quite complicated than that. Add in there Bangsamoro nationalism and religious Islamism and that would be more like it – the Mindanao war.

In 2007, President Gloria M. Arroyo actually announced the end to Moro Secession and NPA rebellion by year 2010. Well, if she knew what she was talking about, as we are now 2013.

Right now we have a ceasefire or cessation of hostilities – peace that is good while it lasts, between the Moro Islamic Liberation Front  and the Philippine government.

The Bangsamoro Entity to replace ARMM:  MILF to govern a [Moro nation] within the folds of the Republic of the Philippines. It has to be real, genuine and never token, or else the romance and honeymoon between rebels and this administration, like with the ARMM under the MNLF, will come to an early end.  Philippine government must deliver the agreement, which is a contradiction with itself.

It smells like Federalism between the Bangsamoro and the Philippines but it cannot be a federal form of government that Malacañang is creating over there since it has no power to do that over the Constitutions. Chief architect for the Mindanao peace process, Marvic Leonen, who negotiated this Bangsamoro Entity for Philippine government, and who has since there been promoted as one of the justices of the Supreme Court, surely would assure us more on that.

Bangsamoro Entity is bringing us just a step away to “Final” peace? Come on, give us a break, that’s another crap. It is just another name for ARMM which was a failure in the views of Muslim rebels. Frankly, I see Bangsamoro Entity more in the side of Moro independence should it veer that way. For one thing, it brought cognizance to Bangsamoro as a different people or nation giving it an international legal personality. Bangsamoro means Moro nation. The mere word alone serves as a concrete divide between the Moros  and all other Filipinos.

I am of western Visayas. Ilonggos do not call themselves as BanwangIlonggo. They are comfortable being Filipinos, co-equal rightful owners of what is entire Philippines.

I think anything that divides any Philippine tribe with the rest of the Filipino nation, which cannot be reconciled, should be pulled down, dismantled, or eliminated.

Probably, a little near to “Final peace” in Mindanao is when or if the Moro rebels will cease to see themselves as a different nation fighting for a different state. That has not been easy, though we see progress,  as it is very deeply rooted in their culture. The lingering animosity between ethnic groups comprising Bangsamoro and all the others that make up the Philippines stretches back since Spanish colonization of the archipelago in the 16th century, or probably even before that in old Borneo.

Or, if Republic of the Philippines will surrender part of its territory to this Bangsamoro.

We don’t see any of that, or any of that happening soon, to expect that kind of peace.

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