By the time this piece gets out in the open, the GRP-MILF peace talks in
And this scenario is bound to perpetuate for as long as the foreign players are allowed to dip their dirty fingers into Philippine domestic affairs.
Besides, Secretary Hermogenes Esperon, Jr., the new Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP), needs to be extra careful in making unilateral and unprocessed declarations, lest his adventurism could lead this nation into an open and never-ending shooting war between and among brother Filipinos.
Naturally, the migrants, who have evolved to be more than the population of the Mindanao moors (since their parents were earlier brought by the government to Mindanao), would react furiously over the prospects of being placed under the rule of a numerical population minority.
The issue on ancestral domain needs to be treated in a manner akin to walking the tight rope. Bear in mind that most of the landed Christians in
For one, the Malaysians and the Islamic community are able to influence the decisions of either or both protagonists, by playing both as host and referee in the current exchange of barbs and wits in KL. On the other hand, you have not just the diplomatic force of both “the world’s policeman” and of Australia, who are engaged in pressure politics along the corridors of power, while their paws are into actual intelligence, if not combat operations in the home front.
Fact is: Aside from the
There is absolutely no doubt that all foreign players in
Noteworthy is the fact that both the
Many are asking if these facilities and activities by foreign interests in
Yes, the declaration by the GRP and MILF some years ago, of a temporary cessation of hostilities (while the peace talks are on-going), is indeed an achievement. But, for as long as the foreign kibitzers are not told to lay-off, this volatile situation could just erupt into a full-blown war at any point of the discussion on the ultra-sensitive issue on the ancestral domain for the Muslims.
When that happens, we can only say quo vadis, good luck.