How nice to see U.S. diplomats like the ever smiling Amb. Kristie Kinney and U.S. State Department Undersecretary Karen Hughes rubbing elbows, exchanging pleasantries and showing support to our Muslim brothers in the south. Even the Muslim communities in Mindanao are curious to the sudden all out support by the U.S. government. The silent majority there were even thankful for the U.S. military assistance, especially in neutralizing the Abu Sayyaf group which sowed fear and terror down south.
Amb. Rey Arcilla of Malaya asked, “Why was an “expected” phone call from U.S. President George W. Bush to Mrs. Gloria M. Arroyo so important?” Malaya 1/30/07
He suspected that the then visiting U.S. Undersecretary of State Karen Hughes who’s a close confidant of Bush must have promised that she will try her best to have the phone call to Arroyo made by Bush.
He added that, “why fish for congratulations for something we did well but which we had to do anyway?”
The truth of the matter was that U.S. President Bush did really call & congratulated PGMA while she was attending the Davos World Economic Forum in Switzerland. Methinks that such diplomacy is normal.
On the TV news, the reports in print media and radio, have been about the U.S. authorities have been congratulating our soldiers in killing top ASG leaders like Khadaffy Janjalani, Abu Solaiman and others in several encounters in Sulo.
Discussions of reward money coming from the U.S. government is being propagandized through the tri-media despite that up to now the reward that was supposed to be given to the group of former President Fidel Ramos was nowhere to be found in the discovery of the Ramzi Yousef plot. Not even a thank you letter to Gen. Sonny Razon of the PNP was never acknowledged.
If the Philippine Marines in Sulo are successful in the AFP anti-Abu Sayyaf campaign, why was its unit transferred to Basilan? The AFP camp at Bod Dato is now a U.S. military camp, according to a top AFP General, It’s ok if its part of any joint agreement between the U.S. and the Philippines.
Is it true that it’s now our military officers who have asked permission to enter the reported “U.S. camps?” In the past, foreign military officials and guests had to get a clearance from J2, AFP before they could operate such. Only in the Philippines.
DR. ERICK SAN JUAN, DLitt.