What worries me is the finger pointing between the Philippine authorities and the MILF as to who is really behind the Zamboanga bombing. The MILF denied the allegations linking their group to the explosion. Regional PNP Chief, General Jaime Caringal blamed the MILF not only for the Andrews air base incident but also for two bombings last month in Zamboanga City.
The bomb explosion in front of the Edwin Andrews Air Base also hit the AMWSLAI Bldg. across the air base which housed the office of a US funded, Alliance for Mindanao Off-Grid Renewable Energy (AMORE).
Two people died and 22 others were wounded in the incident.
The timing of the bombing became the talk among the conspiracy theorists especially that before the occurrence, newspapers and radio reports were bombarded by travel advisories coming from the U.S., U.K. and Australian government advising their nationals not to go to Mindanao, especially Zamboanga City for an impending terrorist attack. That’s how positive they are despite that our local intelligence agencies have been vigilant enough to deter such terrorism.
The bomb went off as President GMA was on her way to Tawi-Tawi while US Ambassador Kristie Kenney was in Pagadian City.
Is the U.S. intervention in the police investigation of the bombing justifiable? If they have information on hand, they should have informed our authorities especially the NICA, or the NSC to avert such dastardly act.
The timing of the blast is also a suspect. It was done when the flagship of the 7th Fleet, USS Blue Ridge and the USS Mercy, the hospital ship came.
What panicked the people of Cotabato was when the hospital ship docked and its crew went down in full battle gear despite the claim that most of them are doctors and hospital trained personnels who are also military.
Now, I realize why I’ve been receiving several solicitation letters from UNICEF representative for the Philippines, Dr. Nicholas K. Alipui asking help for their field mission in Mindanao.
Our government should be wary that despite its denial of conflicts and boast that there’s peace in Mindanao, the letters from UNICEF confirmed that the Mindanao problem is one of the world’s longest simmering armed conflicts. The government through the DFA should investigate this kind of fund raising which destroy our nation's reputation.
We’re not sure that the document is genuine but the narration of information was cleverly supported by facts relevant to the confluence of events.
The Crisis Group thesis could be right after all. I hope that the alleged “Balkanization” of Mindanao will not prosper.