Sunday, March 3, 2013

Tit for Tat!

Tit for Tat! By Erick San Juan

Despite the death of 12 Filipinos and two Malaysians in Sabah, Malaysia, the Sultanate of Sulu refused to accept the announcements of both the Philippine and Malaysian government that the matter was over. “This issue is far from over. Sabah is ours,” said the sultanate’s spokesman, Abraham Idjarani… (Source: Manila Standard Today 3-1-2013)

The Sabah issue has gone too far as precious lives were taken, an incident that could have been avoided if only the present administration has listened to my warning.

Taken from my article - Choosing Which Side of History (April 25, 2012) that can be seen at ericksanjuan.blogspot.com : One perennial problem that has come to our attention as an observer of events unfolding in our country is the issue in Mindanao, particularly our relationship with Malaysia. The government should sit down with Kuala Lumpur and talk not only about the GRP and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) peace agreement but also the issue of the heirs of Kiram. This age old problem has created a rift between the Philippines and Malaysia and must be addressed as soon as possible.

Methinks that the underlying event that should have been prioritized before or parallel to the Bangsamoro peace framework agreement that was signed in October 2012 was the Sabah issue. This is the reason why I wrote the abovementioned article in April last year, I am not an expert but as I observe the confluence of events, the urgency to resolve the Sabah issue is much more important.

And now, the matter went out of hand and it blew right in front of us and the nagging question (as the title of Ellen Tordesillas' article) who is Aquino’s adviser on the Sabah issue?

This standoff came about because the heirs of the Sultan of Sulu decided to do it their way after Malacañang snubbed Kiram’s request for a meeting.

Aquino revealed this in his statement: “Let me say to Sultan Jamalul Kiram III: I have just been made aware that a letter to me, from you, was sent through OPAPP (Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process) in the very first weeks of my term, when we were organizing the government. Unfortunately, this letter was lost in the bureaucratic maze. Let me make it clear that there was no intention to ignore your letter. (Ibid)

The Kiram’s letter of request for a meeting with the President is important and urgent, so why the hell it got lost in the ‘bureaucratic maze’ at the OPAPP?

Same is true for the urgency of my advice to Malacañang last April 2012 that the Sabah issue must be resolved with extreme diplomacy because back then I have been getting feed-backs that there were already ‘personalities’ meddling on the matter that has made things more complicated. Could it be that such complication might have caused the recent conflict?  Just asking.
                                                                                
Sometimes it doesn't pay to ignore combatants like the MILF and the MNLF. It's a tit for tat. 'Great minds' among the advisers of the sultanate believed that if the MILF has the capacity for violence and will be granted an Islamic state, they can do better. Now that the Sultanate and other stakeholders felt that they are taken for granted, it's "show time" to occupy what they believe is their property. The mere fact that the Bangsamoro peace framework agreement is already an ongoing process, the speculations of some observers of a sabotage through the Sabah incident is possible. There are other speculations that can be half-truth but the truth of the matter is, bloodshed could have been avoided if PNoy and the people in his loop took heed of  my unsolicited advice.

The PNoy administration has been in the Palace for quite some time now and lame excuses are not acceptable especially when it comes to diplomacy in dealing with other government.

Another lesson learned? But for how long will the Filipinos’ patience and tolerance will last as the government solve issues perceive as based on trial and error?  Let us pray harder and help the present leadership before it will lead us to what the Rankopedia has predicted would happen. Hidden hands are moving quickly which could destroy both the Razak and Aquino administration if the situation will not be handled properly. God forbid!

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

hello dr..
how are you?
nice to meet u here...
i would ask something regarding your post...
quote
'Same is true for the urgency of my advice to Malacañang last April 2012 that the Sabah issue must be resolved with extreme diplomacy because back then I have been getting feed-backs that there were already ‘personalities’ meddling on the matter that has made things more complicated. Could it be that such complication might have caused the recent conflict?'

may i know what is mean of this sentense '...there were already 'personalities' meddling on the matter that has made things more complicated?'

what u mean by the 'personalities'?

thank you..

N.N

Anonymous said...

thanks for share.

Anonymous said...

I am just puzzed of the incidence in Tubataha then the Sabah stand off. Could it be related? How come the Royal Security force of the Sultanate can be able to withstand the Malaysian forces dropping bombs 1 KM away from them. Are they using advance technology to monitor troops and Air strike movement. Why is it the 7 fleet of USA now at the Manila Bay just like when the Edsa people power. Are they goingto take away Pinoy? I am just an observer but I have a little knowledge in IT specially on GIS where it first applied in the Gulf War where every troops movement are monitored by sattelite.

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