Sunday, August 17, 2008

Mindanao: SOLD!

Mindanao: SOLD!

By Erick San Juan

It’s all over now, but the shouting. Indeed, the grant of ancestral domain to the Bangsamoro homeland may just be on a suspended animation, but to them, they consider this truly as a done deal! To them, the sale of Mindanao has been consummated many, many moons ago. It’s been signed, sealed and now, is in the process of getting delivered.

The cost? A whopping USD 3 billions?

Gadzali Jaafar (father-in-law of one of Malacanang’s key officials) and other MILF top brass are fully convinced that they have re-acquired their homeland through a “sale” that was consummated and allegedly paid for by their foreign benefactors, with funds mostly coming from international financial institutions, remitted to whose 'account' , which had reportedly gotten a cut of 40%?

Ever heard about BEDCO? Yes, BEDCO – It is the Bangsamoro Economic Development Council. This entity, which is tasked to organize a separate government, is allegedly funded by Malaysia. It shall serve as the policy-making body of the Bangsamoro Juridical Entity (BJE).

So, no matter what, the Mindanao Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), a small break-away group that deserted the original Filipino mujahedeens, will employ anything and everything they can conceive about and all that they have – now and forevermore, if only to seize possession, control and exploitation over a huge chunk of Mindanao and Palawan islands. No wonder, this band of shrewd Ali Babas would even go as far as trying to link up with the much bigger Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) of Nur Misuari, who they had deserted decades ago.

Fact is: the Philippines government has an outstanding sovereignty claim over the island state of Sabah, which is owned by the Sultanate of Sulu. According to PLAN REVERSE ARROW, Malaysia, which exercises sovereignty over the disputed island state, finds it cheaper to bankroll a rebellion in the southern Philippines than to go to war with a neighbor known for its innovations and skills in combat tactics in spite of being ill-equipped.

On the other hand, gluttony and the greed for cash, which has been plaguing the leadership of the MILF appears to be enough for them to fight a proxy war in favor of Malaysia – over the island state of Sabah, if only to succeed in grabbing back the land and all the improvements introduced on them by the settlers from the north, to whom they have earlier sold their properties. By fighting this war, the MILF is in effect, providing Malaysia an effective buffer – a shield – against any attempt by the Philippine government to pursue its sovereignty claim over Sabah.

For the United States, keeping the Philippine authorities busy on their own internal security threats, would continue allowing the Yankees unabated access to the strategic spots in the south, where she may keep her secret base for its submarine and other war machines and intelligence operatives on the ground as they keep their sights focused on maintaining control over the straits of Malacca, the crossroad between Asia minor and the Pacific.

Besides, Uncle Sam is engrossed with trying to seize control over the rich oil fields in the South China Sea and those in the Liguasan Marsh of Maguindanao and the no-man’s land (the erstwhile Monterey Ranch) between Wao, Lanao Del Sur and Alamada, North Cotabato.

So, there goes the agenda of each of the players. This is also one of the reasons why US Ambassador Christie Kenney travels incognito to the south so often. In most cases, she is seen without any Filipino security details. Although we can't blame her to do her homework in following her government's undisclosed policy.

One important message that ought to reach every Filipino is for them to keep their eyes and their ears wide open all the time. They have to keep wary about foreign hands who, through the lure of Federalism, have been trying to divide the country in a bid to keep their control over the Philippines resources of GOD (Gas, Oil and Deuterium). Remember, before Yugoslavia got Balkanized, they had first to federalize that once was a progressive, emerging industrial state in the European stage.

VIGILANCE and the will to survive are among the basic attributes that every peace-loving Mindanaoans need to have these days, if only to drive away all and every attempt by the army of the intended beneficiaries of a sell-out sponsored by the globalists, to take final possession over the “Moro homeland,” which they hastefully want to acquire via an “initialed” memorandum of agreement (MoA) on ancestral domain. God forbid.

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