As Manila debates ‘Bangsamoro’, there are bad men with guns on the loose killing cops in Mindanao

It’s simple, really. A crime was committed. Filipino policemen are dead. The criminals remain at large. And so the only question really worth asking is this:

Who is going out to get them?

There is irony in how so many Filipinos nowadays find the idea that “peace” is a “normal” entitlement. I suppose it is because a lot of those “new age” types who form among the noisiest cliques in the national “debate” are parrots raised on popular but nebulous slogans like “give peace a chance” and “make love not war” — fashionable statements that have been all but ingrained in the minds of today’s free-range Cerelac-fed babies.

enemy_of_the_stateUnfortunately, the reality outside of The Matrix is different. If people haven’t noticed yet, the planet’s mightiest, most prosperous, and most culturally-virulent societies were built upon the blood that legions of their young warriors spilt on the battlefield. They are the most war-like civilisations in history with centuries of martial tradition behind them — the Germans, the Japanese, the Chinese, the British, and, what has been called the single greatest achievement of European civilisation, the United States of America.

The martial symbols and traditions of these societies are legend and continue to be held up as models of achievement in the science and art of motivating, organising and projecting fighting capability. They continue to wield armed forces that can mobilise and deploy at full force over thousands of miles of land and sea within hours an order is given.

Peace is made possible because of the existence of a recognised superior force. War, on the other hand, tends to erupt when one or the other “side” detects parity on the other.

The reason the criminally terrorist Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) “leadership” has taken to heart the ridiculous notion that it is in a position to “negotiate” today is because it detects a palpable weakness in the Philippine government. That the Philippine government was willing to negotiate with them as equals to begin with irrevocably emboldened this brutally-treacherous enemy. The Philippine government dropped the ball by violating the global community’s biggest no-no:

Never under any circumstance negotiate with terrorists.

The Philippines’ premiere talking heads make the issue more complicated than it really is. They say there is a difference between criminals and “revolutionaries”. Ordinary Filipinos, however, see things a bit more clearly. To most of us, we see only a bunch of bad bad men illegally bearing arms who went on a cop-killing rampage. Why does it need to be more complicated than that?

Because, we are told, we need to sing along with the very dead John Lennon and “give peace a chance”. If I recall right, Lennon was also shot by a bad man with a gun. Go figure.

The adage most attributed to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police is, I think, the best of them and I see no shame in copying it: They always get their man. If there is anything that motivates any police force worth their salt, it is capturing cop killers. Most of us are quite sure that Filipino policemen are itching to see the day they drag a hog-tied Islamic terrorist into a precinct and bark the venerable Robocop’s immortal words: Book him. He’s a cop-killer.

The trouble is, the soul of the national “debate” is being sucked dry by a raft of pointless Congressional “inquiries” into the case; while, in the meantime, the MILF grows bolder. With every day that no ultimatum backed by the threat of state-sanctioned violent force from the Philippine government is delivered to these crooks, their sense of entitlement grows to ever more deadly national security-threatening levels.

Peaceniks who command the lion’s share of media air time are quick to point out that it is easy for armchair “keyboard warriors” to talk about going to war. What is funny about that argument is that these are the same morons who assert that the Philippine military is subject to civilian authority. So here’s the thing then: let civilians do what they do and military folk do what they do. Civilians philosophise about war. Military people make it happen. I don’t see any conflict between the two.

For argument’s sake, just the same, perhaps it is worth going down the path of exploring the deeper reasons why Filipinos balk at the idea of “dying for their country”. What is happening today actually provides a confronting reality to help us understand the nature of the real answer to that point. Recent events have proven that 44 young officers can die in the service of their country, after which (1) the leader of the nation will not be bothered to show up at the right times to lead the nation’s grief, (2) pointless “debate” will prevail when a clear course of action is already staring us in the face, and (3) benefits of the doubt will overwhelmingly favour the enemies rather than the friendlies in that “debate”.

Most importantly, the enemy was invited to a table of equals despite decades of perpetrating the killing of hundreds of thousands of young Filipinos who were serving their country. Perhaps our men in uniform and those wearing badges do, indeed, deserve the snappiest salutes — because they are willing to die for a country that does not deserve their deaths.

At the very least, Filipino civilians should place a bit more honour around the whole point underlying the existence of the armed services — war. There is honour in war and only temporary fattening false comfort in “peace”.

While we are at it, let us consider that pride in one’s country is propped up by only one pillar; and that is achievement.

Craig Nelson introduces his book Rocketmen, with the story of a 1969 United States Senate briefing (shortly after Apollo 11 landed Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on the moon) where Fermilab physicist Robert Wilson is asked how a $250 million atom smasher he proposes be built will contribute to the security of the United States. Wilson responded by saying that it will contribute nothing, but that the American people’s capacity to undertake endeavours like those is what makes the United States of America worth defending.

That was a physicist asking Uncle Sam for 250 million in 1969 US dollars to build a particle accelerator for research purposes. Asked why, he gave a convincing answer in no more than one sentence.


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Right on the money, Benigno.

Could it be possible that the murderers remain at large because it was a ‘staged’ even t and that those responsible aren’t really the MILF? Such events have been known to happen and are refferred to as ‘Black Swan’ events.IDK, and who knows, but the fact remains that the shiftlessness of the admin. is suspicious in and of itself. Other than the fact that no one has definitive proof of who killed these cops it is just as uncertain, although the ignorance of the masses displays attitudes to the contrary,as who really materminded the “Charlie Hebdo’ attacks in Paris.The so-called… Read more »

Now I’am not going to debate with you (or anyone) anymore whether or not peace is still the right course of action. I had already given up on that (discussing/debating with people that is).

What has been bothering me here for the last 2 blog post was how you keep insisting that the congress and by that extension the government keeps debating/discussing about the BBL when they had already suspended indefinitely any discussion about the BBL to give way to the investigation bodies. Am I missing something here?

I agree that peace is a moral entitlement; and the same with any other right that has been violated, you also have the right to seek justice when this has been wronged. Wronged, especially at the scale such as the 44 brave men who died under a ‘peace treaty’ because they were trying to uphold said peace by putting away notorious criminals at terrorist level. Will you say to a rape victim, don’t prosecute the offender, it will just make things worse and it’s better to just keep the peace? It might be a different circumstance, but this is the… Read more »
Domingo Arong
Benign0 But, these “bad men with guns on the loose [want to own] Mindanao”! In 1976, there was a treaty (the Tripoli Agreement) negotiated in Libya with MNLF under Nur Misuari; now, there is another proposed treaty, this time around with MILF, scheduled to be signed this year 2015. But PEACE may not be guaranteed to ensue immediately, for there’s still another group in the offing — BIFF. I’m sure there’s going to be another treaty to be inked with this third group soon. And so, expect more treaties with the fourth, the fifth and perhaps hundreds of other alphabet… Read more »

Wow, Benign0 is on the roll. He must be drinking something potent. He has come out in the last four or five essays with some of the best thinking on the subject matter — and perfectly written too. Keep them coming, man. Hope PNoy, Deles and Ferrer are able to read them… oh, maybe that is asking too much; these three are blinded by their egos and vested interests, I almost forgot that with the fantastic write up above.

Sea Bee
Those that beat the drums of war against ISIS in the USA and against MILF in the Philippines seem to be suffering from testosterone induced amnesia. Are you so quick to forget the lessons of Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq? You hold the USA as a model of fighting capability. Yet, after a decade long struggle in Afghanistan and Iraq, which cost hundreds of thousands of deaths and three trillion dollars in American expenses; what has been accomplished? Not only is the situation not improved, it has worsened significantly. The countries in the region are in turmoil and millions of displaced… Read more »
The Philippines continues to be plagued with an intelligentsia that doesn’t really know the difference between achieving peace and keeping it. What caused all those insurgencies this country has had for the past 50 years or so? Poverty. Every President, legislator, or local official has promised the moon, the stars, even the universe, just so the voting public would believe he is the one who will lift this country out of its misery. Once in a while, someone would come out to probably fit the bill, only to be silenced by the Dark Side of the Force. It is this… Read more »

No one wins a war, by dying for his country…he wins it, by making his enemies die for his cause…

Congressional inquiries produces nothings…it is a waste of time…

As of now, no one is going after those who murdered/butchered those police/soldiers…

Aquino ordered, no one to act…


The move of Aquino is Appeasement…and this emboldens those Islamist Radicals to murder again…this is not the first time, they murdered soldiers…

Hyden 0077Toro

“Peace in our Times”? stated British PM Chamberlain to appease Adolph Hitler…the next thing he knew was: Hitler was invading country to country in Europe…then, Hitler pounded Britain with bombs…

I have never seen such idiot as Aquino…Nobel Prize for Peace?Anyone?


The hell this nation faces as always was created not overnight but by through decades of living under a flawed culture.

Now, decades later, we have leaders who want comfort and very unwilling to do their jobs, People who are self-entitled and more than happy to screw over their fellow man and breed like rats. It’s sad to say but this is the future this country chose.

“Section 3. Contiguous Territory – The areas which are contiguous and outside the core territory may opt at anytime to be part of the territory upon petition of at) least ten percent (10%) of the registered voters and approved by a majority of qualified votes cast in a plebiscite.” The mechanism is already in place. Remember how national elections are decided by 1 or 2 provinces in Lanao? Flying voters. All they have to do is populate a barangay with their ilk who will stay there during the prescribed time and presto you can have an Bangsamoro barangay inside a… Read more »

Is killing a known terrorist wrong? I ask this, did the terrorist allow any of his victims quarter? No, then allow him no quarter, and hoist the black flag.


The Congressional and Senate Inquiries are “Delay Tactic” of Aquino to BUY Time…until the Public Outrage will die down…and forget about the 44 murdered/butchered soldiers/police…

Aquino has no conscience…he is the most evil President I have ever seen…


Aquino is Going after the one who Uploaded the Video at You Tube, showing the massacre…

However, he is not going after the murderers/butchers , who did the massacre…

Can you see the thinking of this Idiot President?

..I think many of the comments here are missing the context of the article. I read it as NOT a suggestion to go to war. Rather it is a critique on the prevailing MENTALITY, because in part that is where the current leadership is wanting it to be, that thinks it could negotiate for peace when it is becoming obvious that it can’t. There are fundamental flaws why it can’t, and above article talks about one of them. With attempts by varying interests to usually muddle issues, not just the recent one, it is often useful to go back to… Read more »
Add: First and foremost; we are not a Democracy. We are Feudal Oligarchy, ruled by Family Political Dynasties. Mindanao is not all Muslim, much more Radical Islam. There are many tribes, many kinds of people of all kinds of religious beliefs. We have to address this issue , also. You can never negotiate in weakness…you negotiate with Strength and with your guts. Appeasement to these Radical Islamist will never work. Just Look at those territories controlled by ISIS in Syria and Iraq. The minorities, and the Infidels are massacred by hundreds…the women are sold as Slaves and properties. Aquino and… Read more »
triple r

I don’t know about you but whenever I see mamasapano on the news I am struck by its natural beauty. It still looks like a livable place environment wise anyway. It looks downright idyllic especially the wooden bridge across the river.

Maybe we should leave it to the moors? Seems on the surface that it has more of a future than the crap heap that we made of manila.

Lord Necro

and then Clarence Bodicker spits on your front desk